Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Roy Shivers ’59
Roy Shivers, Class of 1959, became the first African-American general manager of a professional football franchise, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 1999. He played for Tech in the late 1950s and then left Oakland to serve in the U.S. Army. He played football at Utah State University before being drafted by the N.F.L.’s St. Louis Cardinals in 1966 with whom he played for seven seasons. After he stopped playing, Roy coached football at Merritt College in Oakland, the University of Nevada, University of Hawaii and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before going to the Canadian Football League.