Training camp is clicking along toward real football. Today that real football is 37 days away. You know what that means — we talk about who’s wearing number 37 right now in Silver & Black.
S Anthony Cioffi
His last name is pronounced like chaw-fee. He hails from New Jersey where his family own a restaurant and they and Mike Tice go way back to before Anthony was even born. That connection plus the Raiders need at safety and special teams made Oakland a perfect option for him.
The 5-11, 205-pounder ran a 4.55 40-yard-dash at his pro day. He started 23 games over the past two seasons at Rutgers, collecting a total of 6 interceptions, 8 passes defended, and 108 tackles.
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.