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Napoleon Kaufman returns to Raiders, as team chaplain

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As the saying goes, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”  And one former Raiders has found a way to stay a Raider, by becoming the team’s new chaplain.

The Raiders have announced that one-time running back Napoleon Kaufman is returning to the franchise in that role.

“I’m so excited to officially be part of the Raider organization once again,” Kaufman said.  “I’ve always considered myself a Raider and to be able to come back and serve the Silver and Black in this capacity is my privilege.”

Kaufman arrived as a first-round pick in 1995.  He retired after the 2000 season.

In 1997, Kaufman rushed for 1,294 yards, the second-highest total in franchise history.  He has 4,792 career rushing yards.

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35 Responses to “Napoleon Kaufman returns to Raiders, as team chaplain”
  1. randallflagg52 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:08 PM

    Team fairy tale spinner.

  2. elwaysteeth says: Apr 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    A very good running back and a very smart man. He played six years, made his money, and got out relatively healthy at a young age. He’s a very well respected man in the religious community here in California. Good for him, and good for the Raiders. “Once a Raider, always a Raider”.

  3. philvil41 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:21 PM

    Welcome back,Nap.

  4. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    They have those?

  5. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 13, 2012 9:30 PM

    He was a good player in his day, I can’t believe it was that long ago… uh-oh

  6. radrntn says: Apr 13, 2012 9:33 PM

    there is no doubt Nap has the faith, and belief that can have a positive influence on individuals and the team.

    Once a raider always a raider

  7. redwards29a says: Apr 13, 2012 9:35 PM

    Why on earth would any team need an official ‘chaplain’?

  8. bizieman says: Apr 13, 2012 9:51 PM

    What a laugher! This is comedy at it’s highest level.

    Couldn’t find Bo Jackson?

  9. bigpoppacal says: Apr 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    Pound for pound the strongest man back in the days

  10. ericf70 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:24 PM

    Ice cream for everyone!…wait.

  11. tedmurph says: Apr 13, 2012 10:25 PM

    The raiders better pray.

  12. mjbulls45 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:26 PM

    I still have his rookie card,

    love him, good player , better human being,

    “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”


    where you can honestly say there is any type of REAL loyalty,

    thats what Al Davis built.

    thats why he’s #1 for all time,

    and he left the Raiders a global brand forever, the shield, the silver and black , everything, it carries on forever

  13. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 13, 2012 10:30 PM

    They said he was too short, but he just used that as motivation. Teammates referred to it as “Kaufman Comlex”.

  14. mgavin78 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    If nap would have stayed healthy he would have had some very nice numbers.

  15. areyesrn says: Apr 13, 2012 10:55 PM

    went to school with him at udub. thought he was going to be a hall of famer…then the Raiders drafted him

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    I’ve been around Napoleon when he coaches youth football here in No. California.
    He’s a good guy. Great with the kids. His son is a speedy little terror on the field.
    Glad to have him officially associated with the team again.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Apr 14, 2012 12:55 AM

    Welcome home Nap.

  18. lostsok says: Apr 14, 2012 1:10 AM

    A class act. All there is to say. Nice to hear something about the good people, and not just the reprobates.

  19. yojoemama says: Apr 14, 2012 1:16 AM

    It would be more fitting for Deacon Jones to return as chaplain.

  20. showstopper13 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:22 AM

    Still can picture the Monday night Injury, him laying on Norton Jr… Ouch!

  21. mgflolox says: Apr 14, 2012 2:23 AM

    Nap Kaufamn is one the classiest individuals to ever grace the NFL. He is a sincere man of faith, not someone who called attention to himself by making showy gestures on the field after success. It wasn’t injuries that derailed his football career, his calling to the ministry is why he retired. Yeah, he made good money, but he passed up many millions of dollars more by walking away when he did. He’s a true man of conviction.

  22. 34bo34 says: Apr 14, 2012 5:43 AM

    For all u lil biyotches talkin bad bout napoleaon, you are losers. He was a great raider who chose to retire early to serve the lord. I am not a religious man by any means but don’t knock him for doing so. Maybe you just wish you had so many players loyal to your favorite organization…….

  23. jimmysee says: Apr 14, 2012 6:11 AM

    Oakland = Green Bay West

    Reggie certainly took inspiration here from Rev. White.

  24. osubrndn says: Apr 14, 2012 7:51 AM

    I always remember when i was in 8th grade, in 1997 when he ran for 220 on the broncos

  25. kegpack says: Apr 14, 2012 8:25 AM

    Tore it up at UW and I remember being so stoked when we drafted him. Broke my heart to see him retire so early, but he did what was best for him and I respect that.

    Glad to see him back.

  26. pencepost says: Apr 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    Napoleon ran the 40 in 4.3 seconds. He weighed only 185 lbs, but benched 500 lbs and squatted 600 lbs.

    He had as many 40+ yard runs (16) as Emmitt Smith did in his entire career. His career average of 4.90 yards per carry are among the best of all time (as a comparison, Barry Sanders averaged 4.99).

    Dude was a beast. If McFadden get injured again, I say kick the tires on Napoleon. He’s only a couple years older than Kevin Faulk, Tiki Barber, and Fred Taylor. Last season showed us all what a man of God can do on the football field against the odds!

  27. clinttaurus says: Apr 14, 2012 9:40 AM

    bizieman says: Apr 13, 2012 9:51 PM

    This is comedy at it’s highest level.

    if you honestly believe that, you should maybe watch a few more funny movies or go see some stand-up in a club…

  28. raiderrob21 says: Apr 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    A true great man. One heck of a Raider. Much respect for him walking away because his heart was into something else. Instead of hanging around collecting a paycheck. Looks like we will be seeing you at the stadium more than a time or two a year.


  29. boyshole25 says: Apr 14, 2012 10:24 AM

    showstopper13 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:22 AM

    Still can picture the Monday night Injury, him laying on Norton Jr… Ouch

    you’re thinking of Napoleon Mccallum, that was disgusting though

  30. joetoronto says: Apr 14, 2012 11:17 AM

    The Raiders continue to take care of their own.

    Welcome home, Nap.

  31. j0esixpack says: Apr 14, 2012 11:49 AM

    As the saying goes, “Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

    Exactly… that’s a taint that just doesn’t wash off

  32. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 14, 2012 11:50 AM

    Seeing that the Jets’ team chaplain also plays qb for them, will Napoleon be activated to get a couple carries a game.

  33. nomesayin says: Apr 14, 2012 9:05 PM

    babyhorsemorgan says:
    Apr 13, 2012 10:30 PM
    They said he was too short, but he just used that as motivation. Teammates referred to it as “Kaufman Complex”.

    Now THAT is funny. xD

  34. sagatti says: Apr 15, 2012 1:18 AM

    As a LIFE LONG BRONCO FAN…its hard to say anything negative about Napoleon Kaufman. I feared him every time he touched the ball and he is a reminder of when the Raiders were ACTUALLY GOOD…. Congrats…Plus we played against him in the CIF playoff in high school… Really good dude..

  35. raidernation831 says: Apr 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    I was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1993. Through that trial I had the chance to meet Pastor Napoleon at the Raiders training facility in Oakland. He was/is my favorite player! He was awesome! He prayed with my family and even gave me his personal phone number. He is an awesome role model and I believe he will help all Raider players who meet him. Welcome Back Nap!!!!!! He signed this on my Kaufman jersey….Galatians 2:20

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