Hall of Fame offensive lineman and Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Jackie Slater spoke on Saturday about his early experiences in training camp and the preseason, his take on Robert Gallery's move back
to left tackle, and how he can mold the line into a formidable unit.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft, Slater is tied for third all time for the most seasons played in the history of the league. His 259 regular-season games played were the most ever by an offensive lineman when he retired, and his 20 seasons with one team is an NFL record.
A popular player known for his work ethic and leadership skills, Slater earned seven Pro Bowl berths. His first selection followed the 1983 season, and then was chosen in consecutive years from 1985 through 1990.
Now with Oakland, Slater's attitude and fire hasn't diminished. He is charged with developing a powerhouse offensive line and is eager to meet the challenge.
On Saturday, he spoke at length about the current status of the Raiders' line and how he has and will be able to help mold their future: (14 minutes of audio)