College football started today. It’s also cutdown day for the NFL, which means the Raiders will cut loose 37 players to get down to their 53-man roster. Among them is expected to be number 8, undrafted rookie Ishmael Zamora, so barring another player being signed or changing his number, there won’t be a player wearing that number this season for the Raiders.
Who wore it best: P Ray Guy (1973-86)
This former first round pick transformed the punter position in the NFL. Before he came along, there were no full time, pure punters. The terms "Hang time" and "Coffin corner" didn't exist in the football lexicon until Ray Guy. He became such a weapon in the punting game, it forced every other team to find a pure punter of their own.
Guy spent 14 years with the Raiders, helping them win all three of their Super Bowls. He has always been known as far and away the best punter of his era and arguably the best all time. Though the Pro Football Hall of Fame spent 23 years keeping him out. It wasn't until 2014 that the senior committee recognized Guy and finally inducted the most legendary punter in NFL history in. But in truth, he has been a Hall of Fame player for decades.