Happy Monday everyone. The Raiders are deep into training camp now, having logged nine days of practice. They have a day off today and will get back to work Tuesday with a couple days of practice before their first preseason game August 14. As of today, however, they have 34 days until their regular season opener. That means we profile the best ever number 34 for the Raiders and I think many of you may have had a pretty good idea who that might be even before clicking.
Who wore it best: RB Bo Jackson (1987-90)
His time with the Raiders was short, but significant. This incredible two-sport star spawned the "Bo Knows" Nike campaign due to his prowess in both football and baseball. The Raiders were able to grab this former Heisman Trophy winner in the seventh round of the draft because when initially drafted first overall by the Buccaneers, he refused to play for them due to some shady dealings with team owners cost him college baseball eligibility. He opted to signed with the Kansas City Royals, play baseball for a year, and was then drafted by the Raiders who agreed to let him play both sports.
He became the only two-sport star to be named an All Star in both sports and ESPN rated him as the greatest athlete of all time. Though he never played more than 11 games in a season, he finished with a career 5.4 yards per carry average. He also owns the three of the top five longest rushes by a running back in franchise history (92, 91, 88). His most memorable moment came in Seattle when he ran for 221 yards which the second best single game performance in franchise history.
His career was cut shot in 1990 by a significant hip injury. It was a tragic end to what had the makings of a brilliant football career.
Who's wearing it now: RB George Atkinson III
The son of the Raiders legendary cornerback. He was signed in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame and spent most of last season on the practice squad. He is back this season to fight for a spot on the roster. With Latavius Murray and Roy Helu taking the top two spots, Atkinson is competing primarily with Trent Richardson, Michael Dyer, and Taiwan Jones for the final running back spot on the team.