Hall of Fame Player Dead

(RightIsRight.co) – In a heartbreaking loss for football fans, the Raiders organization recently announced the death of Pro Football Hall of Fame player and legendary figure Jim Otto at age 86.

Otto was a cornerstone of the team throughout its early decades.

The team expressed their sorrow in a statement, “The Raiders Family is in deep mourning following the passing of Jim Otto … The Original Raider.”

“The personification of consistency, Jim’s influence on the American Football League and professional football as a whole cannot be overstated. His leadership and tenacity were a hallmark of the dominant Raider teams of the 1960s and ’70s,” it added.

Jim Otto’s remarkable career spanned 210 consecutive games. During this time, he was selected as an Australian Football League (AFL) All-Star/Pro Bowler 12 times and earned All-Pro honors on ten occasions.

Additionally, his playing days culminated in a Hall of Fame induction in 1980.

The late legend played a pivotal role in the Raiders’ first championship win in 1967, which helped the team secure the AFL title and a spot in Super Bowl II.

Reflecting on Otto’s influence and legacy, the late Al Davis, the iconic owner of the Raiders, once praised him during his Hall of Fame induction:

“Commitment to excellence, pride and poise, the greatness of our football team were not only exemplified by Jim Otto, but for more than a decade he was the standard of excellence by which centers were judged in professional football.”

Davis recalled that Otto was the most honored offense lineman in the history of professional football, but statistics were just a measure of accomplishment, not really the measure of a man.

“If it is true that great men inspire in others the will to be great, that alone qualifies Jim to be a great man,” he concluded.

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