For a total of 100 days, we'll take a look at the men who have played for the Raiders jersey number by jersey number. This series will highlight some of the greatest players in NFL history. In some cases, the player and jersey number are synonymous. In other cases, the jersey number represents sustained greatness at a particular position. Some players are superstitious about their jersey number. Whatever the case may be, jersey numbers are an important part of the fabric of professional football.
K Fred Steinfort, one of only four players to wear jersey No. 4 in Raiders history attempts a field goal out of the hold of QB David Humm during the Raiders 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on October 10, 1976 at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, California. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Single-digit jersey numbers in pro football, unlike college, are the exclusive domain of quarterbacks and specialists. No. 4 has not been a particularly popular choice for Raiders players as only four men have chosen to wear it.
Fred Steinfort – K – 1976
The Raiders drafted Steinfort in the 5th round of the 1976 NFL Draft and he played in the first 7 games his rookie season before he got hurt and was replaced by Errol Mann. He made 4 of 8 field goal attempts and 16 of 19 extra points for a total of 28 points. He went on to play for the Falcons, Broncos, Patriots and Bills.
David Hardy – K – 1987
Hardy played in 2 games as a replacement player during the strike-shortened 1987 season. He made all 7 of his extra point attempts but missed his only field goal try.
Pat Barnes – QB – 1998
Barnes was a backup quarterback with the Raiders in 1998. He never threw a pass in the NFL but enjoyed a modicum of success with the Frankfurt Galaxy in the now-defunct NFL Europe league. He appeared in 1 NFL game with San Francisco in 1999. He spent time in the XFL and Canadian Football League as well.
Jerry DePoyster – P – 1971-72
After playing one season as a punter and kicker for the Detroit Lions in 1968, DePoyster joined the Raiders in 1971 and played in 26 games in two seasons with the Silver and Black. He is 9th in team history in punting yards. He hit 106 punts for 4,044 yards and averaged of 38.2 yards per punt. He was replaced by Ray Guy the next year.