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Raiders Icon Ben Davidson Dead At 72


During his 8 years in Oakland Ben Davidson helped define the Raiders for what they would become known as. His massive size, aggressive style of play and some infamous incidents on the field helped mold the early era of the silver and black as the Raiders transitioned from the AFL to the NFL.

That’s why his announced passing has shook so many members of Raider Nation.

Davidson lost out to a bout with prostate cancer, passing at the age of 72.

The L.A. native was an iconic figure that helped to create Raider Mystique. His handlebar mustache was as recognizable on the field as it was during his brief foray into acting. A new generation of Raider fans became acquainted with Davidson for appearances in feature films and commercials.

The team released a statement and Mark Davis had the following to say.

 “We’ll miss him. He was larger than life and a wonderful human being.”

Already this week a gathering was to be held in Las Vegas to mourn the passing of Al Davis on his 4th of July birthday. Surely there will be a moment of silence to reflect the on the life of career and Davidson at that gathering as well.

Our thoughts are with the family and close friends of Davidson.

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