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Vida Blue – MLB

Vida had a 24-8 record in 1971, winning both the CY Young and MVP awards. He also led the American League in complete games (24), shutouts (8) and Earned run average (1.82). He was the starting pitcher for the American League in the 1971 All-Star Game, and for the National League in the 1978 All-Star Game. While playing for the Oakland Athletics, Vida played a crucial player role in their three consecutive World Championship Titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. In 1978, Vida was traded to the San Francisco Giants where he won 18 games as he led the Giants to 89 game wins and a second-place finish in National League West Division.


Barry Sims – NFL

After graduating from the University of Utah Barry began his pro football career in NFL Europe playing for the Scottish Claymores. He then played 12 years in the NFL as an offensive tackle spending 9 years with the Oakland Raiders and 3 years with the San Francisco 49ers retiring in 2011. During his NFL career he appeared in over 180 league games starting 150 contests including 2 AFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl.


Jermaine Dye – MLB

Jermaine is a former Major League Baseball right fielder and designated hitter. He attended Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Dye made his Major League debut with the Braves, hitting a home run in his first Major League at-bat. He played with the Atlanta Braves in 1996, Kansas City Royals from 1997–2001, Oakland Athletics from 2001–04 and the Chicago White Sox from 2005–2009. Dye won the World Series MVP with the White Sox in 2005. Dye batted and threw right-handed and was known for his powerful throwing arm. Dye announced his retirement on March 31, 2011.


Gary Plummer – NFL

Gary was an un-drafted free agent for the San Diego Chargers accumulating over 800 tackles from 1986 to 1993. Gary played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 1997 where he earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXIX.


Josh Taves – NFL

Josh played as a defensive lineman with the Oakland Raiders during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He was named NFL Europe’s 1998 Most Valuable Defensive Player.


Art Thoms – NFL

Art is a former collegiate and professional American football defensive tackle who played eight seasons in the National Football League. Thoms played high school football at Brick Township High School and at Wayne High School. From there he spent one year in the Hargrave Military Academy, which is where Syracuse Football found him and offered him a full scholarship. Thoms was taken in the 1969 Common Draft by the American Football League’s Oakland Raiders. He played one year for the AFL’s Raiders, seven for the NFL Raiders, and one year with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. He was a member of the Oakland Raider’s Super Bowl XI Team in 1976. In 2002 he was inducted into the All-Millennium Team at Syracuse.


J.T. Snow – MLB

J.T. is a former Major League Baseball player who played all but two games in his career as a first baseman. He was with the San Francisco Giants nine of his 13½ seasons and went with them to the 2002 World Series. He has also played with the California Angels and the Boston Red Sox. He is the son of former NFL L.A. Rams wide receiver, Jack Snow. J.T. resides in the Bay Area and is married with one son.


George Buehler – NFL

A former NFL Offensive Guard, Buehler was selected in the second round (No. 50 overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft. Buehler was a member of the Raiders for 10 years and started in 98 games on the offensive front. Buehler played an important role in the Raiders 1976 season, resulting in a 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI.


Jim Plunkett – NFL

Jim is a former quarterback who played college football for Stanford University, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and played professionally for three National Football League teams: the New England Patriots (where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1971), San Francisco 49ers and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He led the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories, (Super Bowl XV in 1981 (where he won MVP), and Super Bowl XVIII in 1984).


Johnny Lee Higgins – NFL

Johnnie is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was a 3rd round out of the University of Texas at El Paso in the 2007 NFL Draft. You can watch Johnny this season playing for the Oakland Raiders.


Eric Wright – NFL

Eric is a former American professional football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round of the 1981 NFL Draft. onsidered one of the best cover cornerbacks of his day, Wright played in ten NFL seasons, from 1981-1990, all for the 49ers including starting on four Super Bowl-winning teams. A two-time Pro Bowler.


Guy McIntyre – NFL

Guy is a former offensive lineman for the National Football League. He played in three Super Bowls and five Pro Bowls as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles.


Mervyn Fernandez – NFL

Mervyn Fernandez is a former professional American and Canadian football player who played wide receiver with the NFL Los Angeles Raiders and the Canadian Football League BC Lions. Fernandez was a standout wide receiver for Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, California, where he picked up his famous nickname “Swervin’ Mervyn” from the team’s quarterback. It was at San José State that Oakland Raider’s staff members took notice of the 6’3″, 205 pound, speedy wide receiver, and made him their 10th round pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. Fernandez was a two-time CFL All-Star (1984-1985) and is a member of the BC Lions Wall of Fame. Fernandez spent his entire six-year NFL career (1987-1992) with one team: the Los Angeles Raiders. His 3,764 career receiving yards ranks him number 8 all-time, ahead of Raider greats Art Powell and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dave Casper.


Chris Cooper – NFL

Chris was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2001. Chris has also been a player for the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Chris recently signed a contract to play this season with the Oakland Raiders.


Jeremy Newberry – NFL

Jeremy is a former Center in the National Football League and he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1998. Jeremy also played for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.


J.J. Stokes – NFL

After playing college football at UCLA, J.J. was the 1995 first-round draft pic for the S.F. 49ers, selected as the successor for Hall of Fame receiver, Jerry Rice. He played 9 seasons as a wide-receiver in the NFL for the 49ers, Jaguars and Patriots, retiring in 2003.


Scott McCrary – MLB

Scott is a former pitcher for Minors and Major League Baseball. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he was a walk-on with the New York Mets. He spent three years with Mets affiliated Minor League Teams from 1997-2000, during which time he was brought up to the Major League N.Y. Mets in 1999. Scott was hired in 2002 with the Oakland Fire Department where he is currently a firefighter.