The Raiders rookies report to training camp in Napa today. There is also under 50 days until the Raiders 2015 season opener. We're in the home stretch now. And with 49 days left, we look at the best to wear number 49 and who wears it now.
Who wore it best: WR Mike Siani (1972-77)
It's tempting not to put Carl Weathers in this slot just because he is Apollo Creed and was in Predator. But I gotta go with those who did more than warm the bench for the Raiders for a couple seasons. The Raiders first round pick in 1972, Siani played six seasons in Oakland. The first couple seasons, he was a fulltime starter opposite Fred Biletnikoff.
He had some good performances in the playoffs and especially got up for the Steelers. His first playoff catch came in the ‘Immaculate Reception' game in 1972. The following year in the playoffs had 5 catches for 68 yards in a win over the Steelers, following by a 3-catch, 45-yard and one touchdown performance in a loss to the eventual Super Bowl winning Dolphins. He had 8 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 1975 playoffs, including a 5-catch, 80-yard, 1 touchdown performance against the Steelers. Though he wasn't a major factor in the 1976 playoffs, his previous efforts were rewarded as the Raiders finally broke through to win their first Super Bowl.
His final season with the Raiders was 1977. From there he played three seasons with the Baltimore Colts before retiring from the NFL after nine seasons.
Who's wearing it now: FB Jamize Olawale
Originally signed off the Cowboys' practice squad in 2012, Olawale has played three seasons with the Raiders. In that time he has been the team's reserve fullback behind Pro Bowl starter Marcel Reece. Olawale has appeared in all 16 games the past two seasons as more of a power blocking fullback.