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.
No. 8 has not been a popular number for the Raiders. Perhaps that’s because the player most famous for wearing it is a tough act to follow. Only six players have suited up in this number in Raiders history.
Ray Guy – P – 1973-86
The first player to wear this number wore it best. The incomparable Ray Guy punted 1,049 times during his illustrious career for 44,493 yards (2nd in team history) for an average of 42.5 yards per punt. He perfected the “coffin corner” punt and won three Super Bowls with the Silver and Black. He even served as the emergency quarterback at times. He once hit the scoreboard in the New Orleans Superdome during the Pro Bowl.
Jeff Graham – QB – 1995
Graham spent five years in the NFL, including the 1995 season with the Raiders. He did not see any action. He was the fourth quarterback behind Jeff Hostetler, Vince Evans and Billy Joe Hobert. He had his best success in the World League of American Football – more commonly known later as NFL Europe.
Marques Tuiasosopo – QB – 2001-06, 2008
Tuiasosopo was selected in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of the University of Washington. He saw action in 13 games with 2 starts and completed 49 of 90 pass attempts for 554 yards, 2 TDs and 7 INTs in 2 tours of duty with the Raiders.
Daunte Culpepper – QB – 2007
Culpepper joined the Raiders as a free agent in 2007 after 7 seasons in Minnesota and 1 in Miami. He saw action in 8 games with 7 starts and completed 108 of 186 pass attempts for 1,331 yards, 5 TDs and 5 INTs. He finished his career with 2 seasons in Detroit.
Jason Campbell - QB - 2010-11
Campbell appeared in 19 games with 18 starts after being acquired from Washington in a draft day trade. He completed 294 of 494 pass attempts for 3,557 yards, 19 TDs and 12 INTs.
Tyler Wilson - QB - 2013
Selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, Wilson was active for one game as a backup. He spent time on the practice squad and was signed by the Tennessee Titans.