American Football Database
Don Mosebar
No. 72     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth: Yakima, Washington
High School: Visalia (CA) Mt. Whitney
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 1983 for the Los Angeles Raiders
Career history
* Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1983–1995)
Career highlights and awards
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Donald Howard Mosebar (born September 11, 1961) is a former American college and professional football player who was an Center in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of Southern California, and earned All-American honors. Mosebar was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders.

Early years

Mosebar was born in Yakima, Washington.

College career

Mosebar was an All-American offensive lineman in 1982 at the University of Southern California and drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders.

Raider career

Mosebar was chosen by the Los Angeles Raiders as the 26th pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, just ahead of future Hall of Famer Dan Marino. (Team executive Ron Wolf later said "To this day I call him 'Dan'—Dan Mosebar—because we blew Marino, and he knows that.")[1] Mosebar had to wait 3 years before becoming the starting center of the Raiders in 1986, replacing Dave Dalby. In the 1986-1994 span, the Raiders reached the playoffs 3 times, in 1990, 1991, and 1993, with Art Shell as head coach. In his Raider career, Mosebar went to the Pro Bowl three times (1986, 1990, and 1991) and was an All-Pro in 1991. With Steve Wisniewski (1989–2001) on his left and Max Montoya (1990–1994) on his right, Mosebar anchored a trio of outstanding blockers combining for nine Pro Bowl appearances in the five years they were together (1990–1994), the span which included Mosebar's three years of playoff action.

In the 1990 NFL season, Shell's second year as head coach and first full year, and with Jay Schroeder as the starting quarterback, Los Angeles scored 337 points (21.1 points/game), 13th of 28 teams in the NFL and had a won-lost record of 12-4, winning the west division title of the AFC. The Raiders had beaten the Cincinnati Bengals in their 14th game with 185 rushing yards and now met them in a divisional round of the 1990-91 NFL playoffs. Once again, Mosebar, Wisniewski, and Montoya, with tackles Rory Graves and Steve Wright, overwhelmed the Bengals on the ground, this time with 235 yards. In that game Bo Jackson suffered a career-ending hip injury. Without Jackson, and unable to stop the no-huddle Buffalo Bills offense, the Raiders suffered a ridiculous 51-3 defeat in the AFC championship game.

In the 1991 NFL season, Los Angeles scored 298 points (18.6 points/game), 15th of 28 teams in the NFL, win a 9-7 record, 3rd in the AFC west but with a wild card slot in the 1991-92 NFL playoffs, and playing against the Kansas City Chiefs, a game the Raiders lost with the inexperienced Todd Marinovich at quarterback.

In the 1992 NFL season, Los Angeles was out of the playoffs with a 7-9 record, but came back stronger during the 1993 NFL season with Jeff Hostetler at starting quarterback, scoring 306 points (19.1 points/game), 14th of 28 teams in the NFL and with a 10-6 record, second in the AFC west but with a wild card game in the 1993-94 NFL playoffs against the Denver Broncos. With the same interior line as in the 90-91 playoffs, but with two new tackles, Gerald Perry and Bruce Wilkerson, the Raiders defeated the Broncos with 427 total yards of offense, but lost to the Bills again the following week, this time in the divisional round

In 1994, Mosebar's final year, the Raiders missed the playoffs. In 1995, after starting every single game from 1990 to 1994, Mosebar suffered a career-ending injury during training camp, due to an inadvertent eye-poke from reserve Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Chad Hennings, which entailed the loss of vision in his left eye. From 1960 to 1994 (35 years), the Raiders fielded only 3 starting centers: Mosebar, Dalby, and Hall-of-Famer Jim Otto. In the 1995 NFL season, Mosebar was replaced by Dan Turk.


Don Mosebar played high school football for Mount Whitney High School in Visalia, California. He guided them to the Valley championship game as well as a win at the yearly Cow Hide.


  1. "Elway to Marino". 30 for 30. ESPN. 2013-04-23.

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