As we make our way through August and into the meat of training camp, the regular season draws nearer and nearer. Now 41 days from the Raiders' season opener we look at a man who was known for his talk and his ability to back it up with his play.
Who wore it best: LB Phil Villapiano
A fiery vocal leader of the Raiders defense in the 70s. He was originally a second round pick by the Raiders in 1971 and spent the first nine years of his 13-year NFL career in Oakland. In that time he started in all but one game in which he appeared and outside of an injury shortened 1977 season, he never missed a game.
He was named to the Pro Bowl four straight seasons from 73-76. He was the hero of the Raiders' famous ‘Sea of Hands' game against the Dolphins in the 1974 playoffs as he had the game-clinching interception. He was also a major factor in the Raiders winning their first Super Bowl following the 1976 season.
Who's wearing it now: CB James Dockery
The California native grew up a Raiders fan and jumped at the chance to sign with them this offseason as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers. He has appeared in 31 games in his four-year career with two starts. Without a great many options for corners on the market, Dockery was the only free agent cornerback addition. He is currently in a battle for a roster spot with several other young and inexperienced corners.