Notorious image sticks with these Raiders

Thanks to a gooey substance called Stickum, Lester Hayes became the face of a team that literally would try any tactic possible if it helped produce a victory on Sundays, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:05 PM ET
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Lester Hayes noticed the lanky, veteran receiver with the shaggy hair strolling toward him, but he couldn't figure out what Fred Biletnikoff wanted. The year was 1977, and Hayes was merely a rookie cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, a player hoping to make a big impression in his first preseason game. Biletnikoff was a future Hall of Famer, one who casually dabbed a gooey, brownish-yellow substance on Hayes' fingers.

"Try that, rookie," Biletnikoff said before walking away and leaving ...

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