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Today is the third day of the Raiders Wire’s countdown to the Oakland Raiders’ training camp which begins on July 24. Until that day, we will count down the best Raider to wear each jersey number from No. 26 to No. 1 and will now look at No. 24.
The No. 24 is easily the most historic number in all of the Silver and Black as one Hall of Famer and one future Hall of Famer wore it for the majority of their careers, former Raiders cornerbacks Willie Brown and Charles Woodson.
Currently, a third future Hall of Famer, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, is also wearing the No. 24 in Oakland.
Despite Brown winning a Super Bowl for the Raiders, making the all-pro team seven times, and ushering in bump and run coverage, Woodson’s career might be more amazing.
Woodson had 65 career interceptions (fifth all-time) to Brown’s 39. Woodson also had one more all-pro appearance (8 vs. 7), won the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Most importantly, Woodson successfully completed the difficult rebuild in Oakland after a decade of excruciating losing. If anyone thinks the team would be where they are now without the former Wolverine is completely mislead.
All in all, Woodson was an all-time great who was special on the field, but also sacrificed for his teammates to make them as good as they could be. Brown and Woodson are both GOATs, yet the slight edge goes to the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner as the best No. 24 to wear the Silver and Black.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.