Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Ben Davidson. 38. player. 28. . DE. Washington Huskies

Ben Davidson was a great pass rusher and a great Raider. However, the reason he comes in at No. 38 is because of the most glorious mustache he once had. It was epic and definitely good enough to have him crack the top-40. But seriously. The guy was a good player with a great ‘stache for the Raiders, and that’s all that matters.

While he was taking in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers in the 1961 NFL Draft, it wasn’t until Davidson came aboard the rocking Raiders ship in the AFL that he really started to make a name for himself. After three years split between the Packers and the Washington Redskins, Davidson would join Oakland in 1964.

He would make three AFL All-Star Games from 1966 to 1968, earning an All-League nod in 1967. Davidson would play an important role in the Raiders’ pass rush in 1967, the same year the Silver and Black won its only AFL Championship to date. Too bad the Raiders fell to the Packers in what is now known as Super Bowl II.

Overall, Davidson would spend eight years with the Raiders from 1964 to 1972 before retiring from professional football. He would briefly return to play for the WFL’s Portland Storm in 1974. However, his pass-rushing prowess and magnificent mustache are the reasons he is remembered so fondly in the story of the Raiders.