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Scary Voice
 “Big Ben” Davidson joined the Oakland Raiders in 1964.  He wasn’t the best defensive end, but he was the most recognizable.  Davidson would be recreated by the Raiders into a fine quarterback killer.  Playing for the Raiders was like playing for the New York Yankees, Duke, or Notre Dame; they were hated at every turn.  Playing the Raiders was less popular than a case of the chickenpox.  It was always nice to see Ben on TV because that meant he was not hiding in the back seat of your car with a knife and masking tape.  As for that scary voice, Ben claimed that Kansas City tackle Jim Tyrer hit him in the throat during a game.  “Jim Tyrer was easily the best blocker I ever faced,” Davidson recalls.  “At 6’6” tall and 280 pounds, he had power and finesse.  I used to kid him about who had the biggest head, him, or my Raider teammate, Jim Otto.  I would often say at banquets that Tyrer wore a big red trash can as a helmet when he played,” said Ben. “Those games with the Chiefs were my favorite games.  I always likened them to a heavyweight fight.  You knew you were going to get beat up, but it was fun.  We needed the Chiefs.  We wouldn’t have been as good without them,” exclaimed Davidson.  “Tyrer would come up to the ball for the first play and say ‘Hi, Ben.’  I’d say, ‘Hi, Jim.’  Then we bent down and went at it.  After the game, we’d shake hands and say, ‘See you in a couple of weeks.’  He should be in the Hall of Fame,” noted Ben.
                                                          Andy Purvis


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