The Raiders don’t retire numbers. It allows current players to wear the number of some iconic and often Hall of Fame players. There was one of the most iconic numbers available when the Raiders made Johnathan Abram their pick at 27 and he made sure he was the next to wear it.
He chose number 24 for Charles Woodson. The future Hall of Famer had a message for the new Raiders safety.
“I mean for me for that number, that number carries a lot of weight, you know?” said Abram. “Seeing the message that Charles Woodson put out about the shoes and the role I have to fill for the greats that played before me, you know like [George] Atkinson and Jack Tatum and himself. He didn’t want to include himself, but he’s a Hall of Famer. He’s going to go down as one of the greatest Raiders to ever play. For Coach Gruden to give me that number, it’s some big shoes I have to fill. It’s a lot I have to do. It’s a lot of work that has to be put in – countless hours.”
Abram mentioned other great Raiders safeties, but left off the other great number 24 Willie Brown from his mentions. But he understands there’s a long list of great corners that came before him.
“For me it’s a rich history and tradition of all the type of DB’s that played here. So, for my position it just means a lot. There’s a lot of greats that come before me who I want to be in my career when it’s all said and done. So, to be able to put on the Silver & Black it just means the world. This is a DB organization.”