The discussion of all-time Raiders centers starts with Jim Otto, which made the comparison head coach Jon Gruden drew Wednesday a notable one.
With Otto in Napa last weekend for an alumni event, Gruden said he struck up a conversation with the franchise’s first center about its current one, Rodney Hudson.
“There are a lot of similar qualities,” Gruden said, “in terms of toughness, passion for football and communication. And just all-around effort.”
Doubters of Hudson’s toughness can see Week 15 last season, when he played all 66 offensive snaps in a loss to the Cowboys with a kidney stone.