We are exactly a week from the Raiders preseason opener which means they are 37 days from the regular season opener. And with that we profile the best number 37 to wear a Raiders jersey, who is also one of the true Raider great.
Who wore it best: CB Lester Hayes (1977-86)
He and Mike Haynes were the lockdown corner duo for the Raiders in the 80s. Hayes played his entire ten year career for the Raiders, winning two Super Bowls, being named to five straight Pro Bowls and one All Pro.
He had 39 interceptions in his career which is tied for the most in Raiders history. In the team's 1980 Super Bowl season, he had 13 interceptions which is the second most interceptions in NFL history. He added three more interceptions in the playoffs including two interceptions in the team's wildcard game against the Oilers, returning one for a touchdown.
In the 1983 playoff run to win another Super Bowl, Hayes added two more interceptions, returning one of those for a touchdown as well in the division round win over the Steelers.
Who's wearing it now: S Tevin McDonald
A second generation football player as his father Tim McDonald played in the NFL for many years and his brother T.J. McDonald is a current NFL player. Tevin started his college career at UCLA before transferring to Eastern Washington. He went undrafted and signed with the Raiders this off-season. He helped his cause to make the team when he ended practice on Thursday by picking off a pass from Christian Ponder.