Happy Monday, all. Our countdown continues today with number 76. This is another number which carries with it one name far above all others. A career Raider and all around badass along the offensive line.
Who wore it best: OG Steve Wisniewski (1989-2001)
One of the last great career Raiders, Wisniewski locked down the left guard spot for 13 seasons. In that time, he was named to 8 Pro Bowls and twice an All Pro. Despite those numbers being exactly the same as Hall of Famer Howie Long - another career Raider - Wisniewski has not been inducted in the Hall and it remains to be seen if he'll ever break through.
Where Wisniewski stood above the rest is his astounding dependability. He missed two starts in his first three seasons and then didn't miss a single start the rest of his career- a stretch of ten years from 1992-2001 without missing a game. He is the very image of a Hall of Famer.
His NFL bloodlines are strong, and brought about his nephew Stephen Wisniewski being drafted by the Raiders. Stephen played center for the Raiders for four years before leaving this offseason as a free agent. He had a couple of good seasons at center, although one is left to wonder how good he could have been at his uncle's guard position. The legacy passed down would have been pretty special. But, alas, it just wasn't meant to be. And we move on.
Who's wearing it now: OL J'Marcus Webb
This 6-7, 333-pounder comes over as a free agent from the Vikings where he played sparingly over the past couple seasons. He was originally a 7th round draft pick by the Bears in the 2010 draft and started all but four games in three seasons in Chicago, including every game his last two seasons at left tackle.
Despite his tackle build and experience, the Raiders are trying him at guard. Oddly enough, he has been working as the first team right guard, which is where Austin Howard played last season when the team tried to convert him from tackle. They are even listed as the exact same height and weight. So, it's another experiment. But this time far less expensive and with some options should the experiment not pan out.