Training camp is done and the Raiders' second preseason game is tomorrow in Minnesota. The season, however, is 23 days away. As we have done every day since 99 days, we mark the day in the countdown with the player who wore that number in Silver & Black with the most distinction.
Who wore it best: RB Charlie Smith (1968-74)
Smith had a pretty good run with the Raiders, starting 65 games over seven seasons in Oakland. He was also rather unlucky in that the Raiders drafted him in the fourth round the year after they went to their first Super Bowl. And his time in Oakland ended two seasons before they went back to the Super Bowl and won it. That tends to make him somewhat of a forgotten figure in Raiders lore.
Smith led the team in rushing in his second season. He had three other seasons over 680 rushing yards while sharing carries with Hewritt Dixon and later Marv Hubbard. In 1972 both he and Hubbard had over 1000 yards from scrimmage.
Who's wearing it now: S Jonathan Dowling
The team's final pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. He spent much of last season on the team's practice squad, but appeared in 7 games. His immediate worth is as a special teamer and his goal upon being drafted was to bulk up to hold up as a safety in the NFL. Right now he is behind Nate Allen and Brandian Ross at the position so his only chance to make the roster is to latch on through special teams.