Former Raiders star Davidson dies at 72

CBSSports.com wire reports
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Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson died from prostate cancer at the age of 72, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Davidson played three seasons for the Packers before joining the Raiders from 1964-71 and emerging as a feared pass rusher on Oakland's defense dubbed "11 Angry Men." Davidson started 70 of 110 games in eight seasons with the Raiders and was a three-time AFL All-Star.

"We'll miss him. I've known him since I was about 8 or 9 years old. He was larger than life, a huge man with that big handlebar mustache," Raiders owner Mark Davis told CSNCalifornia.com.

Davis was in Las Vegas for a life celebration for his father, former Raiders owner Al Davis.

"I just remember him and [Tom] Keating taking off on their motorcycles at the end of a season," Mark Davis said. "He was a larger-than-life figure and a wonderful human being. We were expecting him to be at this reunion here and then we got the call last night. Like I said, he will be missed."

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