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Oakland Raiders’ All-Time Sack Leaders
The Oakland Raiders are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, with owner Al Davis seemingly in the media often and the team’s bad boy images preceding it. The team began play in 1960 with the AFL, merged into the NFL in 1970, moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and then back to Oakland in 1995, and they have won three Super Bowl titles. The Raiders also have been in the news lately for not being very good as I write this in 2010. But somehow, the Raiders always seem to field good defenses. Here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in sacks, keeping in mind that sacks did not become an official statistic until 1982:
Greg Townsend (107.5)—Defensive lineman/linebacker Greg Townsend played for the Raiders his entire career, from 1983 to 1994 and then again briefly in 1997. Townsend is the Raiders’ all-time sack leader with 107.5, and his best season was arguably 1991, one of two years Townsend made the Pro Bowl. That year, he registered a career high 13 sacks, and added 1 interception for 31 yards, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 55 tackles.
Howie Long (84)—Defensive lineman Howie Long played his entire career for the Raiders, from 1981 to 1993, and he ranks second in franchise history with 84 sacks. Long’s best overall season was probably 1983, when he had a career best 13 sacks (and 2 fumble recoveries) as the Raiders won the Super Bowl that year. He also was a first team All Pro in 1984 and 1985 with 12 sacks and 10 sacks, respectively.
Anthony Smith (57.5)—Defensive end Anthony Smith played for the Raiders his entire career, from 1991 to 1997, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 57.5 sacks. Smith had a career high 13 sacks in 1992, but his best overall season was arguably 1993, when he registered 12.5 sacks and a career high 52 tackles.
Bill Pickel (53)—Defensive lineman Bill Pickel played for the Raiders from 1983 to 1990, and he ranks fourth in their history with 53 sacks. Pickel had his two best seasons while with the Raiders in 1984 and 1985, tying a career high those two years with 12.5 sacks, and with 82 tackles in ’84 and career best 83 tackles in ’85.
Chester McGlockton (39.5)—Defensive lineman Chester McGlockton played for the Raiders from 1992 to 1997, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 39.5 sacks. McGlockton had arguably his best season in 1994, when he made the Pro Bowl with a career high 9.5 sacks, adding 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 48 tackles and 14 assists.