Wide Receiver, (2002-08)
Greatest wide receivers in Raiders history: 14. Ronald Curry
If you followed the Raiders during the really dark years (2002-2014) this name should ring a bell. After a disappointing defeat in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders retreated into a horrendous time for the franchise.
From that point on, the team went on an unprecedented run of 13 seasons without a winning record. To be frank, it has to be difficult to be that bad. Well, unless you draft JaMarcus Russell…
Regardless, one of the lone bright spots over those years was Ronald Curry. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of North Carolina, Curry wasn’t truly expected to amount to much.
Considering the revolving door of coaches and quarterbacks during Curry’s tenure as a Raider, it is shocking he did anything. Perhaps a testament to his quality and tenacity, Curry was one of the only consistent players in Oakland in the 2000s.
The stats aren’t jaw-dropping, rather mediocre at best. He posted back-to-back 700-yard seasons in 2006 and 2007, with Andrew Walter and Daunte Culpepper throwing him the ball. I’ll call that a victory.
He finished his career with 2,347 yards, good enough for 21st in Raiders history. However, Curry is a perfect example of the axiom “Once a Raider, Always a Raider”. Curry’s seven season career began and ended in Oakland, just as it should have.
Curry also provided value as a return man, excelling at that role during his career. Although not the most talented or longest tenured receiver in Raiders history, Curry made a horrific team easier to watch and support. And for that, he deserves some credit.