OAKLAND – The Oakland Raiders announced the official jersey numbers for their 2016 draft class earlier this week. The Raiders first round selection (14th overall) and former WVU standout safety Karl Joseph will don the No. 42.
Many fans speculated that Joseph might wear the famous No. 24, since Raiders legendary free safety Charles Woodson retired from the NFL following the 2015 season. Woodson wore the now-iconic 24 during 11 of his 18 seasons in which he was a Raider. Instead, Joseph will wear the inverse No. 42, which was previously donned by another former Raiders safety Ronnie Lott. Lott was a member of the Los Angeles Raiders from 1991-1992 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
“It’s an honor to be able to wear this number,” Joseph posted to his Instagram account along with a photo of himself standing beside Lott’s photo wearing the No. 42 at the Raiders team facility.
Per ESPN’s Paul Gutierezz, other Raiders to previously wear the No. 42 include running back Vance Mueller, defensive back Eric Turner and running back Terry Kirby.
Joseph officially inked his rookie contract with the team on Monday evening. According to overthecap.com, the four-year contract is worth $11,884,316 and includes a fifth-year option.
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