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Today is the sixth 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. 21.
Recently, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha wore the No. 21 from 2003-10 and was a shutdown cornerback throughout his entire time in Oakland until he bolted for the Philadelphia Eagle’s unsuccessful dream team.
Asomugha was an all-time great Raider, but he was just beat out as the best No. 21 by Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch.
Branch, amazingly, was a part of all three of the franchise’s Super Bowl wins. In his 183 games, Branch caught 501 passes for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns.
He also holds the record for the longest touchdown in NFL history as he scored a 99-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins in 1983. Now, he has the third-most receiving yards in franchise history.
Without a doubt, Branch is one of the great Oakland players of all-time, if not the best. His resume includes incredible numbers, in a run-heavy era, and, most importantly, three Super Bowl victories that cemented him as the best No. 21 in the Silver and Black’s history.