FRED BILETNIKOFF

FRED BILETNIKOFF

Class of 1988
Wide Receiver >>> 6-1, 190
(Florida State)
1965-1978 Oakland Raiders

Frederick S. Biletnikoff ... Florida State All-American ... No. 2 draft pick, 1965 ... Career record: 589 receptions, 8,974 yards, 76 TDs ... Had 40 or more catches 10 straight years ... Durable with fluid moves, deceptive speed, great hands ... All-AFL/AFC four times ... 1971 NFL receiving champion ... Played in two AFL All-Star games, four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls, eight AFL/AFC title games, two Super Bowls ... MVP in Super Bowl XI ... Born February 23, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Fred Biletnikoff, a 6-1, 190-pounder with excellent hands and deceptive speed, caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns during his 14-year career with the Oakland Raiders from 1965 through 1978. At the time of his retirement, Fred not only dominated the Raiders' record book for pass receiving but he owned several significant NFL marks as well. Along with another Hall of Fame receiver, Raymond Berry, Fred held the record for having caught 40 or more passes in 10 consecutive seasons. His 70 receptions, 1,167 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns in 19 post-season games were also NFL post-season career records.

The talented pass-catcher came to the Raiders as their No. 2 draft pick in 1965. A 1964 All-America at Florida State, Biletnikoff caught four touchdown passes in his team's Gator Bowl victory over Oklahoma. He also played in the College All-Star game before reporting to the Raiders' training camp. Biletnikoff started as a special teams player and did not see action as a flanker until the seventh game of his rookie campaign.

When he did get a chance to start, he responded with a seven-catch, 118-yard performance and, in the process, became a regular for good. A durable, dependable performer, Biletnikoff missed only eight games because of injury in 14 seasons. Biletnikoff, a native of Erie, PA, reached the zenith of a career filled with outstanding achievements when he caught four passes for 79 yards to set up three Oakland scores in the Raiders’ 32-14 victory in Super Bowl XI. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Fred was an All-AFL pick in that league's final 1969 season, earned All-Pro honors in 1972, and won All-AFC acclaim in 1970, 1972 and 1973. He played in two AFL All-Star games and four AFC-NFC Pro Bowl games as well as three AFL and five AFC championship games, plus Super Bowls II and XI.

Year Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1965 Oakland
14
24
331
13.8
0
1966 Oakland
10
17
272
16.0
3
1967 Oakland
14
40
876
21.9
5
1968 Oakland
14
61
1037
17.0
6
1969 Oakland
14
54
837
15.5
12
1970 Oakland
14
45
768
17.1
7
1971 Oakland
14
61
929
15.2
9
1972 Oakland
14
58
802
13.8
7
1973 Oakland
14
48
660
13.8
4
1974 Oakland
14
42
593
14.1
7
1975 Oakland
11
43
587
13.7
2
1976 Oakland
13
43
551
12.8
7
1977 Oakland
14
33
446
13.5
5
1978 Oakland
16
20
285
14.3
2
Career Total
190
589
8974
15.2
76
 
Additional Career Statistics: Scoring: 77 TDs; Fumble Recoveries: 4-7, 1 TD

Full Name: Frederick S. Biletnikoff

Birthdate: February 23, 1943

Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania

High School: Erie Tech (PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 30, 1988

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 30, 1988

Presenter: Al Davis, Managing General Partner, Raiders

Other Members of Class of 1988: Mike Ditka, Jack Ham, Alan Page

Pro Career: 14 seasons, 190 games

Drafted: 2nd round by Oakland Raiders, AFL

Uniform Number: 25, (14)

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