We are 44 days now from the start of the Raiders 2017 season. It’s also report day for training camp which means the preseason is right around the corner. No one currently wears the number 44 for the Raiders, so let’s look back on another great number 44 in Silver & Black.
Who wore it best: FB Marv Hubbard (1969-75)
Hubbard played fullback for the Raiders in a time when fullback carried the rock as the workhorse back. He spent seven seasons with the Raiders from 1969-75. Four of those seasons he was the team's leading rusher, and three times he was named to the Pro Bowl.
He is currently the Raiders fifth all-time leading rusher with 4394 yards while averaging a healthy 4.8 yards per carry. He was on the 1976 Raiders team, but suffered a shoulder injury that placed him on injured reserve that season. Even still, he received a Super Bowl ring as part of that team and wore it with pride as a big part of the foundation of that Super Bowl squad.
Hubbard, like so many other players who have been remembered in this series, left us too soon. He passed away of prostate cancer in 2015 at the age of 68, just two months before his former quarterback Ken Stabler passed of colon cancer.