Las Vegas Raiders: The franchise’s all-time team
By John Buhler
Las Vegas Raiders all-time team: Offensive tackles
The best way to win a ton of ball games is to be dominant along the offensive line. With the front-five coming together on this Raiders all-time team, there are no weak links, not even at right tackle like the current Raiders. That’s because three-time Pro Bowler and 2002 All-Pro Lincoln Kennedy has the right tackle spot on this greatest collection of Raiders ever hypothetically assembled.
Kennedy played 11 NFL seasons out of Washington. He spent his first three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before arriving in Oakland in 1996. Kennedy would play in 121 games with the Raiders, starting 119 of them at right tackle. He is also the father or Philadelphia Eagles rookie guard Zach Banner. Will Banner be any good? Maybe, but the kid is HUGE!
There are three Pro Football Hall of Famers on this Raiders’ all-time front five. The first we’ll get to is one of the greatest left tackles in NFL history in the iconic Art Shell. From 1968 to 1982, all Shell did was dominate the opposition at left tackle. He made 169 starts in 208 career games for the Silver and Black. Shell even coached the team for seven years after his playing career came to an end from 1989 to 1994 and again in 2006.
He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1989. Shell made eight Pro Bowls, two All-Pro teams and won two of the Silver and Black’s Super Bowls to date. Nobody’s getting by this Raiders’ offensive line with Kennedy and Shell setting the edge for the team up front.
Honorable mentions: Henry Lawrence (1974-86), Harry Schuh (1965-70)