Chester McGlockton, Darrell Russell, Tom Keating
Two of the best defensive tackles in team history saw their lives cut short, as both Chester McGlockton and Darrell Russell make our all-time Raiders 53-man roster. Arguably the weakest position group of any in Raiders history, there were three names that really stood out, and would be included if we are putting one of these rosters together.
McGlockton was a first round pick of the Raiders back in 1992, and played with the organization up until 1997. His years in the Silver and Black would be the best of his career, as he made all four Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Raiders. In fact, McGlockton was such a good player that he was named All-Pro in three straight seasons (1994-96).
His life was cut short at the age of 42, as he died from left ventricular hypertrophy, which is a thickening of the heart muscle.
Russell was also a first round pick of the Raiders, as the team made him the second overall selection back in 1997. Playing his college ball at USC, Russell quickly assimilated himself to the pro game, making the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. He was a First Team All-Pro selection in 1998, but drug use really halted what could have been an incredible NFL career.
Tom Keating was a member of the best Raiders defensive line in history, as the unit had four All-Star players during the AFL days. Keating, along with Ben Davidson, Ike Lassiter, and Dan Birdwell helped the Raiders to the 1967 AFL title. Known for his four-point stance, Keating bounced around a lot during his pro football career, but has to go down as one of the greatest Raiders defensive tackles of all time.