When the Raiders returned to their original home in Oakland in 1995, after 13 seasons in Los Angeles, they brought one superstar with them. His name was Tim Brown. In the wake of winning the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and being drafted in the first round by the Raiders, Brown went on to a stellar 17-year career, all but his final season in the Silver and Black. More than a superb wide receiver known for precise routes and shiftiness after the catch, Brown also returned kickoffs and punts. He was a leader in the locker room. And through the many highs and lows that defined the Raiders around the turn of the millennium, he somehow maintained a respectful relationship with controversial team owner Al Davis. Brown led the NFL in kickoff return yardage (487) as a rookie in 1988 and nine years later, in 1997, led the league in catches with 104. He finished his career with 1,094 catches, accounting for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns, with five more touchdowns coming as a runner or a kick returner. Brown ranks No. 5 on the NFL’s all-time list for punt return yardage. A member of Oakland’s 2002 Super Bowl team, Brown was selected to play in a franchise-record nine Pro Bowls before retiring after the playing the 2004 season in Tampa Bay.
Inducted into The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Plaque location: SFO Gate 87