Each NFL organization has a few key players that fans hold near to their hearts.
For some, it’s the nostalgia of seeing that player when they started following a team.
Others admire the character and personality of someone, both on and off the field.
Yesterday, the Las Vegas Raiders announced the passing of one of their first franchise players.
RIP to Jim McMillin, who intercepted George Blanda in Al Davis’ first game as #Raiders coach to help Oakland beat Houston 24-13 https://t.co/fMMlYA6eGF
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) February 19, 2023
Jim McMillin played for the Raiders from 1963-1964, just three years after the team was founded.
Although McMillin had just a five-year professional career, he certainly made the most of his time with the Raiders.
He was a big part of their 10-4 record in 1963, which included an impressive highlight.
In Al Davis’ first game as the Raiders head coach, McMillin intercepted George Blanda.
Blanda, of course, was a 26-year NFL veteran, and is one of the most famous NFL players of all time due to his impressive feats.
He holds the NFL record for career years played in the league, and extra points made in a career and is tied for most touchdown passes thrown in a single game.
Intercepting Blanda is one of McMillian’s most impressive achievements, as it kicked off Davis’ coaching career in a positive manner.
McMillian passed away at the age of 85.
His impact on the Raiders hasn’t gone unnoticed throughout the years, even though he only played for the team for two seasons.
The Raiders are a historic franchise, and, even though they are now located in Las Vegas, their time in Oakland is how they are most remembered.NEXT: The Raiders Have Announced A New Coaching Change