With 57 days until the opening game of 2020, we start the count down with the best Raiders player at every jersey number. Today we focus on No. 57.
With the season a few months away, we take a look at the best player to wear the jersey number of the number of days left before the opener on September 13, 2020 against the Carolina Panthers. That game will kick off the new era of Raiders football.
We continue our series with No. 57.
This is a jersey number that has not been worn by some of the elite players in team history, but there were a few who wore it well back in the 1970s and 1980s. Randy McClanahan played for the team in 1977, and then from 1980 through 1982, starting all 16 games for the Raiders during the 1981 NFL season.
Currently, there is no player wearing the No. 57 for the Raiders, but the best player to every put on that number had a solid seven-year run with the organization.
Jerry Robinson (1985-1991)
After a career that saw him be named an All-American three times at UCLA, Jerry Robinson was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 21 overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft. Robinson would play for the Eagles for six season, reaching his pinnacle with the team in 1981, when he made his first, and only Pro Bowl.
From 1981 through 1983, Robinson was named at least a third-team AP All-Pro, as he began to establish himself as a premier linebacker in the NFL. His second, and final stop at the NFL level would come with the Silver and Black, where he was a consistent starter from 1986 through the 1990 season.
Robinson did not play at a Pro Bowl level with the Raiders, but he was a key member on a defense that finished 12-4 during the 1990 campaign, and had Bo Jackson not gotten injured against Cincinnati, could have made a Super Bowl run. In total, Robinson played in 87 games for the Raiders, making 77 starts, including the 1986 campaign, where he started all 16 games and had four interceptions.