Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 7. Ted Hendricks
The “Mad Stork” comes in at No. 7 on this list. A little known fact, Ted Hendricks is one of only two NFL players ever born in Guatemala, remember that for trivia. He attended the University of Miami, where he was a two-time All-American for the Hurricanes.
Selected by the then-Baltimore Colts in the 1969 NFL Draft, Hendricks would eventually make his way to Oakland in 1975. This was just in time for their magnificent run that included three Super Bowl victories.
Hendricks played as an outside linebacker, both on the strong side and weak side. Former players have said that running into Hendricks was like running into a brick wall, he didn’t budge.
At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Hendricks was a physical marvel capable of doing just about anything on the field. He could dig his hand into the ground and chase down the quarterback, he could play the run and he could drop back in coverage. There seriously wasn’t anything that Hendricks couldn’t do.
His talent and versatility helped lead the Raiders to all three of their Super Bowl wins. In nine seasons with the Raiders, Hendricks was a Pro Bowler four times and an All-Pro twice. His official sack total in those seasons is nine, because sacks weren’t recorded until his second to last season in the NFL.
It is estimated that he had roughly 60 sacks, but even that total seems low. He also had 26 career interceptions and 16 career fumble recoveries. Hendricks is rightly enshrined in both the College Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is easily one of the most legendary players to ever don the Silver and Black.