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Raiders Countdown to Kickoff: 24: Who wore it best, who's wearing it now

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We come to one of the more legendary numbers in our countdown -- 24. Worn by a couple of Silver & Black Hall of Famers. One who is already in the Hall and one who is a lock to follow.

Who wore it best: CB Willie Brown

One of the greatest Raiders ever, he spent his first four NFL seasons in Denver. The Raiders acquired the All AFL corner in a trade in 1967 and spent the final 12 seasons of his Hall of Fame career in Oakland. In that time he was named All Pro four more times and to the Pro Bowl 7 more times. He also made the huge, game-clinching interception that has been immortalized as Bill King shouting "Old Man Willie" picked off the Fran Tarkenton pass and returned it 75 yards for the score.

He is tied for the most interceptions (39) in franchise history and also had 7 postseason interceptions with three of those returned for touchdowns. He retired following the 1978 season and immediately became a defensive backs coach for the Raiders. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

Who's wearing it now: S Charles Woodson

The only man who could rival Willie Brown as the best to wear number 24 is still on the team. The Raiders made this Heisman Trophy winner the 4th overall pick in the 1998 draft as the only ever primarily defensive player to win the Heisman. He locked down the right side of the field for eight seasons in Oakland, being named to the Pro Bowl his first four seasons and All Pro once. In the process, the Raiders had their most successful seasons in the past 30 years, including a trip to the Super Bowl.

In 2006, at the age of 30, he was allowed to leave as a free agent and sign with the Green Bay Packers. He spent seven seasons in Green Bay, winning a Super Bowl and being named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Then in 2013, at the age of 36, he was released by the Packers and returned to Oakland where he said he had "unfinished business". The Raiders made him a safety and he is now entering his third season back in Oakland at the age of 39 after not having missed a game in the first two seasons. He is a virtual lock as a first ballot Hall of Famer.