Raider Legend Jim Otto: A Football Gladiator Who Never Quit

Raider Legend Jim Otto: A Football Gladiator Who Never Quit
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#RIPJi­mOt­to #Raider­sLe­gend #NFL #Foot­bal­l­Le­gend

Leg­endary Oak­land Raiders cen­ter Jim Otto passed away at 86. For 15 sea­sons (1960–1974), Otto was an unbreak­able force at cen­ter, start­ing a record 210 games in a row!

“Foot­ball is like being a glad­i­a­tor,” Otto once said. “You prove your­self, but injuries come with it.”

A total beast on the field, Otto earned 9 First-Team All-AFL selec­tions and 3 Pro Bowls. He set the gold stan­dard for all cen­ters and entered the Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year up for grabs.

“Jim Otto was­n’t just great,” said the late Raiders own­er Al Davis. “For over a decade, he was THE cen­ter to mea­sure all oth­ers by.”

Despite over 70 surg­eries and even los­ing his right leg in 2007, Otto stayed pos­i­tive. “I don’t want pity,” he said in 2013. “I’ll fight to live!”

The Raiders and the NFL mourn the loss of this icon. His leg­endary tough­ness and ded­i­ca­tion will for­ev­er be remem­bered. #RIPJi­mOt­to #Raider­sLe­gend

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