Jim Otto, the Only Center the AFL Ever Needed
A permanent fixture on the Oakland Raiders offensive throughout the entire existence of the AFL. It has been recorded that between pre-season, regular season, post-season and All-Star/All-Pro Games he played in 308 games. He has also experienced 74 operations attributed to his playing career including a leg amputation.
He has the distinguished honor of being the AFL’s only All League Center. From 1960 to 1970 he was the consensus choice as the AFL’s best at his position. Started 210 straight games for Oakland for 15 years. The last of the original Raider squad he retired in 1974 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility in 1980.
One of the best offensive lineman during his time in the AFL. Participated in 9 AFL All-Star games as well as being named the AFL’s All League Center every year he played. Was the starting center in 1960 when the Raiders were formed and continued in that role for 15 seasons until 1974. Even after the NFL/AFL merger was selected to 2 Pro Bowls. Named to the AFL’s All-Time team as well as AFL-NFL 25-year All-Star team.