Oakland Raiders: Five Of The Greatest Running Backs In Team History

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Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders helmet on the turf during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Honorable Mentions:

Napoleon Kaufman (1995-2000)

Kaufman played just six seasons with the Raiders before shocking everybody by retiring abruptly to pursue his religious calling. At 5’9”, 185 lbs., Kaufman wasn’t the prototypical NFL running back, but he certainly held his own. He had incredible strength and had plenty of speed to burn. Kaufman had 16 runs of 40 yards or more in his brief six season career – now, contrast that with the fact that NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith had 16 over the course of his 15 season career.

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Clarence Davis


Davis was never the star of the team. He simply was, a team first guy who did whatever it took to win. And in his case, that means blocking and clearing the way for running back Mark Van Eeghen. Davis still ranks ninth on the Raiders’ all time rushing list, and will forever be remembered as the guy who came up with the ball on the infamous “Sea of Hands” play that will forever haunt the San Diego Chargers and their fans.

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