With notable fanfare, the Raiders announced the signing of free agent quarterback, Paul Larson. Larson, a 5’11”, 185-pounder out of the University of California, completed a remarkable 64 percent of his passes in 1954, his senior year with the Bears. As an all-around standout player on offense, defense, and in the return game, he made several first-team All-America squads while in Berkeley. He was an 8th-round pick of the Cardinals in 1954, but didn’t see action until 1957, when he appeared in five games for Chicago, completing 6-of-14 passes. Released the following offseason, he kicked around in semi-pro ball, including a stint with the Salinas Packers of the Pacific Football Conference, before inking a deal with Oakland. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz expected Larson to be the centerpiece of the Raider offense in 1960.
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