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Today is the seventh 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. 20.
Currently, Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu wears No. 20 on Oakland. If this list was based upon physical gifts, then Melifonwu may be the best No. 20 in the Silver and Black’s history. However, we must take into account on-field accomplishments, which Melifonwu has none so far.
Therefore, former Raiders running back Darren McFadden is the greatest No. 20 in the franchise’s history.
The former Razorback played seven seasons in Oakland and had 6,016 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns. His two major years came during the Raiders’ brief success when they had back-to-back eight-win seasons.
During the 2010 season, McFadden ran for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns while only playing in 13 games. He was an integral part of Oakland’s surprise success and it carried over into the following season.
Despite only playing in seven games, McFadden tallied 614 yards and four touchdowns. Before the season-ending foot injury occurred, he was being mentioned amongst the best running backs in the league. The only knock against the former first round pick was his ability to stay healthy.
Overall, McFadden was an incredible Raider who did everything in his ability to be great, but was derailed by injury. If he was able to stay on the field, who knows what he would have been able to do.
Nevertheless, his jaw-dropping 2010 and 2011 campaigns earned him the honor of being the best No. 20 in the franchise’s history.
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.