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Cliff Branch
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Wide Receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born August 1, 1948 (1948-08-01) (age 61)
Houston, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19721985
NFL Draft 1972 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
College Colorado
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 501
Receiving Yards 8,685
Touchdowns 67
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Career highlights and awards

Cliff Branch (born August 1, 1948 in Houston, Texas) is a retired American football wide receiver. Branch graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1972 and spent his entire 14-year professional career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, winning three Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII. Branch caught 3 passes for 20 yards in Super Bowl XI, 5 passes for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns in Super Bowl XV, and 6 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XVIII.

Cliff was voted All-Pro in three consecutive seasons (1974-1976) and had 46 receptions in 1976 for 1,111 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 24.2 yards per catch. Branch was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls (1974-1977). In 1974, Branch led the National Football League in both receiving yards (1,092) and receiving touchdowns (13).

Branch finished his 14 NFL seasons with 501 receptions for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns. He also rushed for 70 yards and returned 9 kickoffs for 191 yards.

Branch's NFL career ended after the 1985 season. He played for the Los Angeles Cobras of the Arena Football League in 1988, their only season of existence.


  • NCAA Division I-A record for kickoff returns for touchdowns (8, t-1st)
  • Oakland Raiders franchise record for longest reception (99 yards from Jim Plunkett, 1983)


  • Four Pro Bowl appearances (1974 - 1977)

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