Best offensive lineman in Raiders history: 2. Art Shell
Left tackle and head coach? Yep, Art Shell did both of those things for the Raiders, just not at the same time. In the 1968 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected the Maryland-East Shore product in the third round and reaped the benefits for many years. Although not a starter in his first or second seasons, Shell earned his spot replacing Bob Svihus in 1970.
Shell would maintain that starting role at left tackle for the next 12 seasons before losing out to Bruce Davis in 1982. In those 12 seasons, Shell was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and was named an All-Pro twice. Shell was a focal point and anchor of the legendary offensive lines of the 1970s, featuring both Jim Otto and the No. 1 player on this list.
Shell played in 23 playoff games with the Silver and Black, winning two Super Bowls during his stay. In addition, it would be unfair to not credit Shell for his role in laying the foundation that led to the franchise’s third Super Bowl in 1983.
As if his playing days were not good enough, Shell returned to coach the franchise over two stints, accumulating a 54-38 record. Shell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, more than deserving of his place in Canton, Ohio. One of the all-time greats, not just for the Raiders, but for the sport in general, Shell is second only to his longtime teammate.