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

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Rod Martin, Raiders
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Rod Martin. 12. player. 28. . OLB. (1977-88)

Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 12. Rod Martin

A true Raider legend, Rod Martin spent his entire 12-year career with the Raiders, both in Oakland and Los Angeles. In those 12 seasons, Martin amassed 12 playoff appearances, with 11 starts in those games. To say he was pivotal in the Raiders’ success in the early 1980s would be a massive understatement.

An outside linebacker by trade, Martin had a natural ability to get after the quarterback. His reading of the game and his physical traits combined to create a player that could do just about anything on the defensive side of the ball. Obviously, the focus here is on Martin’s pass rushing. Like many others on this list, there isn’t a full count of his sack total.

Post-1982 Martin accumulated 33.5 sacks, but the number is likely much higher than that. The first five years of his career sacks weren’t recorded. In the sixth (1982), he only played in nine games due to the strike. Martin also tallied 10 fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions, turning six of those turnovers into touchdowns.

During his heyday, Martin earned two Pro Bowl nominations, one First-Team and three Second-Team All-Pro honors. He also won the Super Bowl twice with the Raiders. Martin was an incredible player and is definitely a legend of the Silver and Black.