Jim Otto, legendary Raiders player, dies – La Opinion

Jim Otto, legendary Raiders player, dies – La Opinion



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Jim Ottoone of the historic players of the Raiders, died on Sunday at the age of 86. The Las Vegas team was in charge of breaking the sad news through social networks.

“The Raider family is in deep mourning following the passing of Jim Otto. The original Raider. His leadership and tenacity were a hallmark of the dominant Raiders teams of the 1960s and 1970s,” the team wrote in a statement.

Otto, from the University of Miami, was an iron man who established the Raiders’ brand of 210 consecutive regular season games playedfrom his first game as a rookie in 1960 to the last game of his retirement campaign in 1974.

That figure increases to 308 games in a row if you count the playoff games and Pro Bowls in which he participated.

The legendary American football player, coach and analyst, John Madden, died in 2021, He described Jim Otto as the prototypical player of this sport.

If someone came from another planet and wanted to know what an American football player looked like, I would show them a photograph of Jim Otto.“Without a doubt the best center that has ever played,” were Madden’s words about the historic player.

Jim Otto’s numbers support this view.

In 15 years with the then Oakland Raiders he accumulated seven division titles, one AFL championshipa year before the merger with the NFL, 10 All-Pro selections, 12 Pro Bowl appearances and was part of the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

The former player, born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on January 5, 1938, published his autobiography in 2000 under the title ‘Jim Otto: The Pain of Glory’.

In it he recounts the 38 surgeries that he suffered, 28 of them in his knees, as a result of his time in American football.

Phil Villapiano, his former teammate who played for the Raiders between 1971 and 1979, mourned the death of the one he described as a leader.

“Rest in peace Jim Otto. He was the face of the Oakland Raiders for a long time. His attitude became the hallmark of this team. He was our leader,” Villapiano wrote on his social networks.

Maxx Crosby, current defensive star of the Las Vegas Raiders, also joined in the condolences.

“Rest in peace Jim. An absolute legend and an incredible person.“Crosby posted on his X account, formerly Twitter.

*With information from EFE.

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