Jim Plunkett is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL from 1971 to 1986. He was born on December 5, 1947, in San Jose, California, and played college football at Stanford University. He was the first overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, selected by the New England Patriots. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
Plunkett is best known for leading the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories, in Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII. He was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XV. He had a successful NFL career, but struggled with injuries and was often criticized for his inconsistent play. Despite this, he is remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in Raiders history and one of the greatest players of his generation.
He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He continues to be involved in various charitable organizations and is widely respected for his contributions to the sport of football.