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Kaufman Returns to the Silver and Black as Team Chaplain

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman has rejoined the Raiders organization as team chaplain.


The Raiders have named former RB Napoleon Kaufman team chaplain. Silver and Black Productions.

Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman has rejoined the Raiders organization as team chaplain.

Kaufman, who played six seasons for the Silver and Black, has been the pastor of The Well Christian Community in Livermore, Calif. for nine years.

“I’m so excited to officially be part of the Raider organization once again,” said Kaufman. “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.”

The native of Lompoc, Calif., attended the University of Washington and entered the NFL as the Raiders’ first round draft pick in 1995. He finished his career with 4,792 rushing yards, a total that ranks fourth on the franchise’s all-time list, and set the Raiders’ single-game record with 227 rushing yards against Denver in 1997. Kaufman totaled 1,294 yards on the ground in 1997, marking the second highest single-season total in team history.

He retired from professional football after helping the Raiders win the 2000 AFC West title and advance to the AFC Championship Game.