With 66 days until the Raiders regular season opener, let's talk about the best to suit up in number 66. And how fitting both the best to wear it and the man wearing it now are offensive guards as running backs this season will be looking to take Route 66 to go long distance.
Who wore it best: OG Kevin Gogan (1994-96)
Gogan joined the Raiders after seven years in Dallas where he got Super Bowl rings in 1992 and 1993. He joined the Raiders the following season and immediately made the Pro Bowl. He played three seasons for the Raiders, starting every single game at right guard. Then the San Francisco native joined the 49ers in 1997, where he spent two seasons, making the Pro Bowl both seasons.
Who's wearing it now: OG Gabe Jackson
Drafted in the third round last year, Jackson immediately locked down the starting job at left guard and had a fantastic rookie season. Thus far it looks like Jackson could be the long term answer for the team at left guard. The 6-3, 336-pound mauler consistently opened holes in the run game and works well alongside left tackle, Donald Penn in pass protection. He fits what the new coaching staff wants to do with a power blocking system. He'll look to have a repeat performance in his second season. If he keeps it up, he could be well on his way to making a name for himself in the 66 jersey.