Plunkett overcame hardships to win two titles

It wasn't an easy path for Jim Plunkett, but he overcame plenty of hardships to lead the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles, writes Rudy Klancnik.

Originally Published: January 23, 2008
By Rudy Klancnik | Special to ESPN.com

Two Super Bowl championship rings. One Super Bowl MVP. A Heisman Trophy and an education from Stanford University. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 1971. A legend who played for the one the NFL's most storied franchises, the Raiders.

With a resume like this, Jim Plunkett's career must have been just one glorious moment after another.


Despite the glowing list of accomplishments, nothing came easy for the quarterback, who seriously contemplated retirement ...

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