Countdown to camp: CB Mike Haynes best Raider to wear No. 22

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Today is the fifth 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. 22.

Currently, Raiders running back Taiwan Jones is wearing the number and has been with the team since 2011, but he is nowhere near the level of former Raiders cornerback Mike Haynes, obviously.

Haynes played in 87 games for the Silver and Black and intercepted 18 passes after he was traded to the team from the New England Patriots in 1983.

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He teamed up with Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes creating what is known as one of the greatest cornerback tandems in NFL history.

Most importantly, Haynes was an integral part of the Los Angeles Raiders’ Super Bowl win in 1984 over the Washington Redskins cementing his legacy as a Hall of Famer.

Overall, Haynes is another legendary cornerback that has donned the Silver and Black and is easily the best No. 22 in the great franchise’s history.

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Raiders Flashback: Matt Millen punches Patriots general manager in face

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The infamous photo of Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Matt Millen punching former New England Patriots general manager Patrick Sullivan has been making its rounds again this weekend on social media.

The incident happened on the field after the 1985 divisional-round playoff matchup between the Raiders and Patriots where, despite being heavily favored, the Patriots pulled off the upset 27-20.

Apparently Sullivan would not stop trash talking Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long from the sideline during the entire game, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The season-ending loss and the non-stop verbal sparring eventually resulted in some real-life fisticuffs as Mill pulverized Sullivan with a ferocious right hook, as shown below.

As some sports history buffs may have noted, Sports Illustrated mentioned in their above tweet that the punch took place after a 1984 Patriots and Raiders playoff game, however, it actually took in Jan. 1986, according to Pro Football Reference.

One other note to clean up was Patrick Sullivan was not the “owner” of the Patriots, but the general manager.

Whatever the year, it certainly didn’t appear that mid-field handshakes and jersey exchanges were en vogue at the time.


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