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January 24, 1987 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
He has undergone 18 operations, a dozen of them on his knees. Three times, he has had an artificial knee implanted in his right leg, and he needs a new one. There are fused vertebrae in his back that will require more surgery. He has had his nose fixed to help him breathe more easily, but now his neck needs surgical repair. Jim Otto belongs in a rocking chair, if not a wheelchair.
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August 26, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Otto, the Pro Football Hall of Fame center who has been a Raider fixture since the 1960s, is battling advanced prostate cancer and has lost 35 pounds in three months. "A couple years ago, with readings like mine, you would have had six months to live," said Otto, 64. "[But] we've got a way of fighting it, and we're going to kick its butt."
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September 21, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Jim Otto: the Pain of Glory" Author: Jim Otto, with Dave Newhouse Publisher: Sports Publishing Price: $22.95 If you think you've had it tough, odds are you've not had it nearly as tough as Jim Otto. The Hall of Fame Oakland Raider center, 61, has had 38 major surgeries, 28 of them on his knees. He's had six artificial right knees and two artificial left knees. He and wife Sally lost their daughter, Jennifer, in November 1999 at 39.
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September 21, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Jim Otto: the Pain of Glory" Author: Jim Otto, with Dave Newhouse Publisher: Sports Publishing Price: $22.95 If you think you've had it tough, odds are you've not had it nearly as tough as Jim Otto. The Hall of Fame Oakland Raider center, 61, has had 38 major surgeries, 28 of them on his knees. He's had six artificial right knees and two artificial left knees. He and wife Sally lost their daughter, Jennifer, in November 1999 at 39.
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August 26, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Otto, the Pro Football Hall of Fame center who has been a Raider fixture since the 1960s, is battling advanced prostate cancer and has lost 35 pounds in three months. "A couple years ago, with readings like mine, you would have had six months to live," said Otto, 64. "[But] we've got a way of fighting it, and we're going to kick its butt."
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August 31, 2002
Dave Dalby, a fixture on the Oakland and then Los Angeles Raiders for 14 seasons, died in a single-car accident Friday in Dana Point, where he lived. He was 51. Authorities said Dalby's death may be alcohol-related. Dalby, who played from 1972 through '85, was only the second starting center in franchise history, replacing Hall of Fame player Jim Otto, who retired in 1974. Dalby also was a member of the UCLA Hall of Fame. The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m.
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November 30, 2004
A streak of 200 consecutive starts is a rarity for any player. Twenty of the NFL's 32 teams publish a record for consecutive starts. Early press box statisticians did not consistently document starting lineups. Even the Packers cannot confirm if Brett Favre's streak is the longest in club history for a player because before 1962, lineups were not recorded at every game.
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November 24, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
It's not easy to get center Don Mosebar off the field. Coach Art Shell tried Sunday when Mosebar twisted his ankle and hurt his ribs against the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum. When Mosebar appeared to be in pain, Shell sent in backup Dan Turk. "I got it," said Mosebar, waving Turk off. Having started 85 games in a row, most among active Raiders, and having served as the latest iron-man Raider center, following Jim Otto and Dave Dalby, Mosebar wasn't about to voluntarily leave the field.
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June 25, 1992 | BEA MAXWELL
American Film Institute's International Film Festival opened June 18 with a screening of "Sarafina!" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Entertainment Weekly sponsored the gala. More than $100,000 has been donated to AFI by Entertainment Weekly, California Arts Council, Films Inc. Home-Vision and AT&T to underwrite the festival, which will run another week.
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January 24, 1987 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
He has undergone 18 operations, a dozen of them on his knees. Three times, he has had an artificial knee implanted in his right leg, and he needs a new one. There are fused vertebrae in his back that will require more surgery. He has had his nose fixed to help him breathe more easily, but now his neck needs surgical repair. Jim Otto belongs in a rocking chair, if not a wheelchair.
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February 14, 1989
Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff rejoined the Raiders Monday when he was hired as wide receiver coach. Biletnikoff, 46, has been an assistant coach with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League and with the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League for the past five seasons.
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