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Countdown to kickoff: 74 is Vadal Alexander and greatest play in Raiders history

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Marcus Allen #32

Along with there being 74 days until the Raiders season opener, today officially marks four weeks until the Raiders report to training camp in Napa. Though the quarterbacks and rookies arrive on July 23 for the pre-camp warmup, the rest of the veterans report to Napa on July 26.

Heading into his third NFL season is number 74 Vadal Alexander. The former seventh round pick has played both guard and tackle as well as tackle eligible in jumbo packages. He will have his toughest task to date making this year’s squad. But with a four-game suspension to begin the season, the Raiders will get an extra month to decide if they want to keep him.

What 74 means to the Raiders

It’s been a long time since the Raiders won a Super Bowl. But that game was a memorable one. The upstart Raiders destroyed the heavily favored Washington team. And in so doing, they had the greatest play in Raiders history, and one of the greatest plays in NFL history.

With the ball at their own 26-yard-line, Jim Plunkett took the snap, handed it off to running back Marcus Allen. The second year former Heisman Trophy winner took the ball out left, but found only defenders in his face. He spun around and reversed field, just barely eluding a tackle for a loss. One he cut back right, he saw daylight and went right up the gut to streak 74 yards for the touchdown. It. Was. Epic.

The NFL ranked it as the 12th greatest play in Super Bowl history. Which seems low.