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Raiders Countdown to Kickoff: 64: Who wore it best, who's wearing it now

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George Buehler and the Raiders offensive line blocking for Ken Stabler in Super Bowl XI versus the Vikings
George Buehler and the Raiders offensive line blocking for Ken Stabler in Super Bowl XI versus the Vikings
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Another day closer to Raiders football and another offensive lineman. In this case, we feature one of the original bad boys along the Raiders offensive line. That's where we find the best to don the number 64 in Silver & Black.

Who wore it best: OG George Buehler (1969-1978)

While Upshaw and the left side of the Raider offensive line in the 70's gets all the publicity, Buehler was locking down the right guard spot. A second round pick out of Stanford, Buehler spent ten years with the Raiders, starting every single game from 1971 to 1977, including 15 playoff games and a Super Bowl win following the 1976 season. So, I think it's safe to say Buehler never took a day off. In fact, in his 11-year career, he appeared in all 14 games 9 times. NINE TIMES. Befitting once Buehler's time was done in Oakland, he was replaced by number 65 Mickey Marvin (detailed yesterday) who held down the right guard spot for the following decade.

Who's wearing it now: No one

Who wore it last: C  Andre Gurode (2013)

It's been a couple seasons since any Raiders player wore the number 64. And it was Andre Gurode who was a late addition to the 2013 Raiders team due to injuries along the Raiders offensive line. Gurode went to six straight Pro Bowls as the Cowboys centers from 2006-10. He had been out of football for a season when he joined the Raiders. At the age of 34, it was his last season in the NFL and he started four games for the team at left guard and center. In fact, only centers have worn the 64 jersey for the Raiders over the past ten years. Prior to Gurode it was Samson Satele who wore it from 2009-11. Satele replaced former second round pick Jake Grove who wore it from 2004-08.