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Raiders Countdown to Kickoff: 83: Who wore it best, who's wearing it now

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As reach the low 80s in our countdown to the Raiders 2015 season opener, we reach one of the more legendary numbers in franchise history. And like many of our 80s numbers, it is not a receiver who made it great.

Who wore it best: LB Ted Hendricks

If the Raiders retired numbers, this would probably be one of them. "The Mad Stork" joined the Raiders as a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro in his first six years with the Colts and Packers. The Raiders sent two draft picks to Green Bay to get him and Hendricks would spend the final 9 years of his career.

Hendricks added four more Pro Bowls with the Raiders and two more All Pro nods, but most importantly he was a key part of all three of the Raiders Super Bowl wins. He never missed a single game in his 15-year Hall of Fame career which saw him collect four rings (one with the Colts in 1970). He retired following the Raiders third Super Bowl win. That's how you go out on top.

Who's wearing it now: WR  Kris Durham

One of the newest Raiders, he was signed just prior to minicamp. The former 4th round pick has been a bit of a journeyman already in his four seasons in the NFL. He came into the league with Seattle, but spent just one season there. He then joined the Lions and was there for two seasons. In his second season in Detroit, he had his best season catching 38 balls for 490 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even so, he wasn't brought back the next season and eventually latched on with the Titans.

Durham was a free agent for quite a while before the Raiders came calling. His problem has mainly been drops. Even in his best season, he dropped 10 passes despite being targeted just 82 times. He will have a tough time breaking through for a roster spot on the Raiders this year. They are probably the deepest they've been in a very long time.