Oakland Raiders: The Franchise’s All Time Starting Team

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Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders raiderettes cheerleaders perform during a break in the action against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raider defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive End – Greg Townsend

Coming out of Texas Christian, Townsend lasted until the fourth round of the 1983 draft. The Raiders used the one hundred and tenth pick on him – and he went on to become one of the Raiders’ most dominant defensive linemen in franchise history.

Over the course of his twelve seasons in Silver and Black, Townsend recorded 338 tackles and 107.5 sacks – which makes him the franchise’s career leader in that category by a wide margin. In seven of Townsend’s twelve seasons with the Raiders, he recorded double digit sacks and was an unstoppable force.

He earned two trips to the Pro Bowl, was an All Pro four times, and helped the team win Super Bowl XVIII.

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