George Atkinson (American football)

George Atkinson
No. 43
Position:Strong Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-01-04) January 4, 1947 (age 70)
Place of birth:Savannah, Georgia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College:Morris Brown
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 7 / Pick: 190
Career history
  • Oakland Raiders (1968-1977)
  • Denver Broncos (1979)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2ח AFL All Star (1968, 1969)
  • Super Bowl XI champion
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:448
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Player stats in PFR George “Butch” Henry Atkinson Jr. (delivered January 4, 1947) is certainly a previous professional American soccer player. He performed soccer collegiately at Morris Dark brown, where he was a basic safety and a kick returner and skillfully in the American Soccer League and Country wide Football Group for the Oakland Raiders from 1968 to 1977. He was an associate from the Raiders’ Super Dish XI championship group.

As a player

Atkinson collection the Raiders' single-game record for punt come back yardage in 1968, with 205 back yards against Buffalo. He rates fifth for the Raiders all-time interception list with 30.Inside a regular-season game in 1976 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Raiders' arch-rival, Atkinson strike an unsuspecting Lynn Swann in the rear of the head having a forearm smash, despite the fact that the ball was not tossed to Swann. The strike rendered Swann unconscious having a concussion. Atkinson got also strike Swann in the same way in the last season's AFC Tournament video game, which also offered Swann a concussion. Following the second event, Steelers' trainer Chuck Noll described Atkinson within the "legal component" in soccer. Atkinson subsequently submitted a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Noll as well as the Steelers, which Atkinson dropped.


Atkinson currently functions while a Raiders broadcaster, doing the pre-game and post-game displays. He also hosts a tv program known as Behind the Shield. Since 2008, Atkinson is a main spokesperson for "The Clothes Broker", a warehouse-style clothes shop in Oakland, California. He also shows up frequently on NFL Network "Top 10" demonstrates involve the Raiders, offering understanding and his perspective on the countless "questionable" calls produced against the Oakland Raiders. A few examples are: 1) Possibly the most questionable contact - the Immaculate Reception - Atkinson contends that it had been a deceased ball due to the "dual touch" guideline, and because Raider's linebacker, Phil Villapiano, was "clipped". 2) Atkinson highlights the Tuck Rule got never been utilized until it had been utilized against the Raiders in the 2001 AFC divisional playoff video game and never utilized once again (the Tuck Rule was abolished on March 20, 2013).

See also

Set of American Football Little league players George Atkinson III