Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Proverb Jacobs ’54
Proverb Jacobs was a football and track star at Tech in the early 1950s, earning all-city honors in both sports. He later played for the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted as a lineman by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played a total of six seasons in professional football, including a stint with the Oakland Raiders in 1963 and 1964.
After finishing his professional career, Jacobs became a football and track coach at Laney College in Oakland. He earned a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a doctorate from UC Berkeley. He recently authored a book, Autobiography of an Unknown Football Player, chronicling his childhood growing up in Oakland, his pro football career and his passion for coaching and mentoring youth.