Interesting bar conversation article by CNN-SI, ranking the NFL’s greatest players by number.
The Raiders had five players ranked as the best to ever wear their respective numbers: Jim Otto (00), Fred Biletnikoff (25), Todd Christensen (46), Tim Brown (81) and Ted Hendricks (83).
The following players were listed as runner-ups with the winner in parenthesis: Lester Hayes (37/Doak Walker), Dave Dalby (50/Mike Singletary), Art Shell (78/Anthony Munoz), Dave Casper (87/Dwight Clark) and Chester McGlockton (91/Kevin Greene).
The Catch over The Ghost to the Post? Doesn’t the Hall of Fame count for anything?
The following players were listed as worthy of consideration with the winner in parenthesis: Daryle Lamonica (3/Bronko Nagurski), Ray Guy (8/Troy Aikman), Ken Stabler (12/Tom Brady), George Blanda (16/Joe Montana), Cliff Branch (21/Deion Sanders), Mike Haynes (22/Emmitt Smith), Willie Brown, Charles Woodson (24/Lenny Moore), Mark van Eeghen (30/Terrell Davis), Marcus Allen, Jack Tatum (32/Jim Brown), Bo Jackson (34/Walter Payton), Otis Sistrunk (60/Otto Graham), Gene Upshaw (63/Willie Lanier), Henry Lawrence (70/Sam Huff), and Howie Long (75/Deacon Jones).
Charles Woodson was also listed as worthy of consideration at No. 21, his number with the Green Bay Packers. I didn’t include players listed as worthy of consideration or outright winners (such as Jerry Rice at No. 80) who built their reputations with other teams even though they wore the same number with the Raiders.
I’ll pass along a post-practice update with some news and notes as relayed by beat writer Steve Corkran later today . . .