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From Raider to Gladiator: An Exclusive Interview with HOFer Jim Otto

From 1960 to 1969, Jim Otto was the only All-League center the American Football League ever had. He started in 210 consecutive games for the Raiders and ultimately played in 308 games including preseason, postseason, and all-star games. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, Otto remains a legend.

In this interview, Otto reflects on his friendship with Al Davis, whom he still calls Coach, the changes he’s seen in the game, and lessons he’s learned that keep him going in spite of his long-time injuries.


How was Al Davis as a coach at the beginning of his time with the Raiders?

One of the things I will always remember is my first three years in the AFL, which were devastating to me. We ...

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