For the past three years, the Raiders organization has handed out the Craig Long Award to one of its players. Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.
This year’s Craig Long Award recipient is left tackle Donald Penn.
Penn is well known as a go-to vocal leader following games during the season. He speaks with a level of passion and candor that is respected by the media and his teammates alike.
Previous Craig Long Award winners:
2015 – S Charles Woodson
2014 – DL Antonio Smith
Craig Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.
Penn, who was named to his second career Pro Bowl last week, has started every game at left tackle for the Raiders since coming to Oakland as a free agent in 2014. Entering Sunday’s regular season finale at Denver, Penn has started 155 consecutive games in 10 NFL seasons in Oakland and Tampa Bay, marking the second longest streak among active NFL offensive linemen.