Obit Ben Davidson, a towering pass rusher who wore a handlebar mustache and terrorized Raiders opponents in the 1960s and early '70s, died Monday night of prostate cancer. He was 72. The 6-foot-8 defensive lineman was a three-time All-Star in the American Football League, playing 110 games with 70 starts for Oakland from 1964 to '71. In 1967 he helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers 33-14. They fell a game short of the Super Bowl the next three seasons. "He was a tough, gutsy ballplayer, team oriented, with enough meanness in him to be feared and enough talent to be effective," former Raiders teammate Tom Flores told the Associated Press. With his enormous size and gravelly voice, Mr. Davidson epitomized the renegade Raiders of that era. He and teammate Tom Keating often took long-distance motorcycle trips, sometimes to Mexico and once to Panama. John Madden, the head coach during the final three years of Mr. Davidson's career, first reported his death Tuesday on his KCBS morning show. In Las Vegas, where many ex-Raiders gathered to celebrate the life of Al Davis, Raiders owner Mark Davis told CSNCalifornia that he had known Mr. Davidson since he was 8 or 9. "He was larger than life, a huge man with that big handlebar mustache," Davis said. Mr. Davidson parlayed his formidable physical presence into bit parts in movies, such as "MASH" and "Conan the Barbarian," and many TV shows. His biggest role, though, was as himself in 27 commercials for Miller Lite beer in a long-running campaign that featured pro athletes in humorous situations. He traveled extensively for corporate outings to promote the beer. "I'm not Catholic," he told the Los Angeles Times in 2010, "but sometimes when I say, 'Lite beer,' I make the sign of a cross. If I could have designed a job for myself post-football, it would have been exactly what I did." He added, with a laugh, "I hate to say this for print, but I'm 70 years old and I've never had a real job." Growing up in Los Angeles, he didn't play football at Woodrow Wilson High, just basketball and track, in which he was a hurdler, high jumper and shot-putter. His father was a police officer and his mother a librarian. His mother, he joked, would tell him, "Read, or I'll have you arrested." He finally went out for football at East Los Angeles Community College. Years later, he told an audience that an opponent clipped him from behind, and he reacted by reaching into the player's helmet and gouging his eye. "He screamed and ran off the field," he said. "That's when the light bulb went on in my head and I said, 'I can do this.' I think that's when I became a Raider." His tremendous size drew recruiters, including Al Davis, then a USC assistant. Mr. Davidson went to Washington instead and helped the Huskies win Rose Bowls in 1960 and '61. Although he started just two games in college, he was taken before any of his teammates in the 1961 NFL draft. The New York Giants picked him in the fourth round, then traded him to Green Bay in training camp. He played a limited role on the Packers team that won the 1961 NFL title, using the $5,000 winner's share to buy a three-unit Seattle apartment. He spent two unimpressive seasons with Washington before being cut. The Raiders claimed him, and his career took off. When he arrived at training camp in 1966, he had a full beard. Davis, then the head coach, wanted it shaved off, but the mustache emerged as a compromise. It became Mr. Davidson's trademark. "He was just a big, tall, skinny guy that Davis took a chance with," Flores said. "He was able to rush the passer and worked hard to get bigger and stronger, with the character and personality. He was always that way." In 1970 Mr. Davidson notoriously speared Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson after his long run appeared to lock up a Kansas City win in the final minute. Chiefs receiver Otis Taylor attacked the Raider in retaliation, and the offsetting penalties, under the rules at the time, offset Dawson's first down. The Chiefs were forced to punt, and the Raiders wound up with a 17-17 tie on a late field goal. Ultimately the play cost the Chiefs the AFC West title. At the time of his death Mr. Davidson was retired and living in San Diego. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and daughters Jan, Dana and Vicki.