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.

35 responses to “Napoleon Kaufman returns to Raiders, as team chaplain

  1. 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”.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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…….

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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…

  13. 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.


  14. 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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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..

  18. 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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