Jim Otto, Hall of Fame Raiders Center, Is Dead at 86

Jim Otto, who played center for 15 years for the Oakland Raiders and underwent more than 70 football-related operations, including the amputation of his right leg, has died. He was 86.

The Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders) announced his death on Sunday. The announcement did not say where or when he died or cite a cause.

Otto was an original Raider. He played for the team during its American Football League days, from 1960 to 1969, and then in the National Football League from 1970-74, following the merger of the two leagues. He started 210 consecutive games, was voted to the A.F.L. all-star team in each of its 10 seasons, and helped the Raiders win seven division championships. In 1980, the first year he was eligible, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Despite all that, he was remembered less for enduring than for suffering.

The early days of his retirement were captured poignantly in a 1985 documentary, “Disposable Heroes: The Other Side of Football,” directed by Bill Couturié, which focused on Otto and another ex-player, Roger Stillwell, who had been a defensive lineman with the Chicago Bears.

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