Las Vegas Raiders: 15 best pass rushers of all-time

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. DE. (1964-71). Ben Davidson. 6. player. 28

Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 6. Ted Davidson

Way back in the AFL days, there was a man named Ben Davidson that rendered offensive linemen utterly useless. Perhaps he derived special powers from his incredible handlebar mustache (seriously look it up). Or maybe he was just a menace that tormented the league on a whim? Who knows?

At 6-foot-8 and 275 pounds, it should come as no surprise that Davidson was an incredible sack threat and thrived on the defensive line. Sack totals are essentially nonexistent for him because he played for the Raiders from 1964 to 1971.

One has to assume that the number was astronomical. Davidson helped the Raiders to three title games in the AFL, but they only were able to win one. That AFL Championship came in 1967. The Raiders would fall to the Green Bay Packers after that title bout in what is now known as Super Bowl II.

Regardless, Davidson was an AFL All-Star in three consecutive seasons from 1966 to 1968. His stellar play on defense was invaluable to the Raiders in the years leading up to the 1970 merger with the NFL.

Injuries derailed his career in 1972. He never really returned, despite giving it another shot in 1974 in the World Football League, but nothing came of his attempt.

Davidson is remembered for his pass rushing ability and of course, his epic handlebar mustache. Unfortunately, his name won’t show up in many record books, but he will be remembered nonetheless.