As we creep ever closer to the Raiders first game action -- three days from the team's preseason opener -- they hit 33 days from the regular season opener. That means we look at the best to don the number 33 for the Raiders and the new number 33 in Oakland.
Who wore it best: RB Kenny King (1980-85)
King was acquired in trade in 1980, just in time for him to help lead them to the Super Bowl. Not only was he named to the Pro Bowl that season, he would play the hero on that Super Bowl as well with a then record 80-yard touchdown catch. It put the Raiders up 14-0 over the Eagles and in Ron Jaworski's attempts to bring the Eagles back, he would add two interceptions on top of the one he threw to begin the game -- all to linebacker Rod Martin -- and the Raiders took the game running away.
The following season was his best, running for 826 yards with 1044 yards from scrimmage. The following year, the Raiders drafted Marcus Allen and moved King to fullback where he would help open holes for the Allen over the next four seasons. In those four seasons, Allen would be a Pro Bowler three times and All Pro twice. And the Raiders would win their third Super Bowl.
Who's wearing it now: RB Trent Richardson
A third overall pick just three seasons ago. He spent one full season in Cleveland before being traded to the Colts midway through the 2013 season. Following last season, he was released by the Colts and the Raiders picked him up to see if he can find the form that had him so highly regarded coming out of Alabama. To accomplish this, the Raiders set weight goals for him that were at or below his college playing weight. He missed the first few days of camp with pneumonia and has been taking reps with the second team while Roy Helu has been out injured. The Raiders will give him every opportunity to make this team. Latavius Murray appears to have the number one job locked up, but Richardson can still earn carries behind him. The preseason will be key for him.