Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM – KHSU Homepage Segment: Jim Plunkett
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.
One of the great pro-style passers in the Pacific-8 conference , quarterback Jim Plunkett capped his career at Stanford University by leading his team to an upset Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State in 1970. He was the first Latino to win the Heisman Trophy Award and the first Latino to be drafted # 1 in the NFL. And, despite an injury-riddled career beginning with the New England Patriots as well as a stint with the San Francisco 49’ers, Plunkett came off the bench during the regular seasons in 1980 and 1983 to lead the Oakland Raiders to two improbable Superbowl victories and became the first Latino to win the Most Valuable Player in Superbowl XV. Of primarily Mexican, but also Native American and Irish/German descent, Plunkett’s quiet but confident”lead-by example” style and strong values were in contrast to many of the more brash and outspoken athletes of his era.