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.
Eleven players have worn jersey No. 37 in Raiders history including “The Judge,” speedy defensive backs, special teams standouts and one of the heroes of the Heidi game.
Alan Miller – FB – 1961-63, 1965
Miller played in 56 games in two stints with the Raiders after playing for the Boston Patriots in 1960. He gained 979 yards on 285 carries with 8 TDs. He caught 111 passes for 1,186 yards and 9 TDs. Miller also returned 12 kickoffs for 111 yards.
Preston Ridlehuber – RB – 1968
After playing for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 1966, Ridlehuber played in 10 games with the Raiders in 1968. He gained 7 yards on 4 carries. He is best remembered for returning a fumbled kickoff for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 43-32 lead as the Raiders scored two TDs in nine seconds in the infamous Heidi game against the New York Jets. He played one season with Buffalo in 1969.
Jacque MacKinnon – TE – 1970
MacKinnon joined the Raiders after nine years with the San Diego Chargers. He played in 4 games with 2 starts in 1970.
Mike Reinfeldt – DB – 1976
Reinfeldt started the 1976 season with the Raiders and saw action in two games before being acquired by the Houston Oilers.
Lester Hayes – CB – 1977-86
The Raiders selected Hayes (pictured) in the 5th round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He played in 149 games with 134 starts and recorded 39 interceptions for 572 yards and 4 pick-sixes. In 1980, he picked off 13 passes for 273 yards and 1 TD. He was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl XV and XVIII championship teams. His 39 interceptions are tied with Willie Brown’s mark for the all-time team record.
Doug Lloyd – RB – 1991
Selected by the Raiders in the 6th round of the 1989 NFL Draft, Lloyd appeared in one game in 1991.
James Trapp – DB – 1993-98
Trapp and his world-class speed joined the Raiders by way of the 3rd round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played in 88 games with 26 starts and recorded 4 INTs for 54 yards, and 3 fumble recoveries.
Johnnie Harris – DB – 1999-01
Harris wore No. 44 in 1999 and switched to No. 37 In all, he played in 35 games with 7 starts and forced 2 fumbles and shared a sack.
Scott wore No. 27 in 2002 and appeared in 1 game. He wore No. 37 in 2003 and played in 5 games for the Raiders.
Chris Johnson – DB – 2007-11
Johnson joined the Raiders after one season with the Rams. He played in 59 games with 29 starts and recorded 8 interceptions for 118 yards and 1 TD.
An undrafted rookie free agent out of Baylor, Casey played in two games in 2013 after getting called up from the practice squad.