Jim Otto

Football Player

Jim Otto was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, United States on January 5th, 1938 and is the Football Player. At the age of 86, Jim Otto biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 5, 1938
United States
Place of Birth
Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
86 years old
Zodiac Sign
American Football Player, Businessperson
Jim Otto Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 86 years old, Jim Otto has this physical status:

Hair Color
Not Available
Eye Color
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Jim Otto Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Jim Otto Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Not Available
Not Available
Dating / Affair
Not Available
Not Available
Jim Otto Life

James Edwin Otto (born January 5, 1938) is an American former professional football player who served as a center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL).

Early years

Otto, who was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, played football for Wausau High School under coach Win Brockmeyer. He played college football at the University of Miami, where he belonged to the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He not only played offensive center at the University of Miami, but also served linebacker on defense.

Personal life

Otto was also the subject of 'The Jim Otto Suite,' a series of three multimedia works by American contemporary artist Matthew Barney that served as a precursor to The Cremaster Cycle.

In 1998, he was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.


Jim Otto Career

Professional career

No national Football League team expressed an interest in the undersized center. The new American Football League's drafted Otto by the Minneapolis franchise. Otto's rights were defaulted to the Oakland Raiders in the AFL as the Minneapolis contingent refused to buy an NFL team. He signed with the Oakland Raiders and played for the entire ten years of the league and five years beyond. He was issued jersey number 50 for the AFL's rookie season, 1960, but he's since returned to his 00 the next season. Otto continued to build his body to his playing weight of 255 pounds (116 kg).

Otto was a fixture at center for the Oakland Raiders for the next 15 years, never missing a single game due to injury or being out of town for a single game. He played in 210 consecutive games. In 1967, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, and 1974, respectively, with all five teams winning the Super Bowl. He served with Gene Upshaw, another Hall of Famer, from 1967 to 1974. Oakland's regular season in 1967 had 468 points (33.4 points/game), leading the AFL, but the Green Bay Packers lost Super Bowl II. Oakland scored 453 points (32.4 points/game) in the regular season, leading the AFL once more, and beat the Chiefs in the divisional round (unscheduled tiebreaker) before losing to the Jets. Oakland won the AFL playoffs for the third year in a row, defeating the Houston Oilers in the new divisional round of the AFL playoffs before losing to the Chiefs. Oakland scored 300 points (21.4 points/game) in the 1970 regular season, the first year of the NFL-AFL merger, and finished ninth in the AFC playoffs before losing to the Colts. Despite scoring 344 points (24.6 points/game), second highest in the NFL, the Raiders missed the playoffs for the first time in five years in 1971, the first time in five years.

The Oaklanders came back stronger in 1972, scoring 365 points (26.1 points/game), ranked third in the NFL, but they lost 13–7 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, the coveted Immaculate Reception game in which Otto also attended his first pass reception of his professional career. Oakland sparked their defeat to the Steelers but lost to the Dolphins in the 1973 regular season, ranked tenth in the NFL. Oakland scored 355 points (25.4 points/game), leading the NFL, and revenged their playoff loss to the Dolphins but lost to the Steelers for the fourth time in Otto's last season (1974). In 1975, Dave Dalby was hired by him in his fourth season out of UCLA. Otto was the last member of the Oakland Raiders' inaugural team, from 1960 to retirement.

Otto was one of just twenty players to play in the entire ten-year history of the American Football League, and he was one of only three players to play in all of his team's AFL games. From 1960 to 1969, Otto was also selected as The Sporting News All-League center. He appeared in the AFL from 1960 to 1969, as well as three of his five seasons in the NFL. He was also named the starting center for the AFL All-Time Team.

In 1980, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first year he was eligible. In 1999, he ranked 78th on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. He was announced as being drafted to the National Football League 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019.