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Cotton Davidson
Cotton Davidson 1960.jpg
No. 19, 18
Position:Quarterback / Punter
Personal information
Born:(1931-11-30)November 30, 1931
Gatesville, Texas
Died:December 2022 (aged 91)
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career professional statistics
Passing yards:11,760
Passer rating:54.9
Punting yards:10,679
Average punt:38.1
Player stats at · PFR
Francis Marion "Cotton" Davidson (November 30, 1931 – December 2022) was an American football quarterback and punter.
1 College career
2 Professional career
3 Personal life and death
4 See also
5 References
College career
Davidson attended Baylor University, and played professionally for the National Football League's Baltimore Colts (1954, 1957), and the American Football League's Dallas Texans (1960–1962) and Oakland Raiders (1962–1968).
Professional career
Davidson (#19) as quarterback for Baylor against Houston in 1952.
Davidson was selected in the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. In addition to playing quarterback, he also was a placekicker and punter. An original Dallas Texan, Davidson was the first starting quarterback for the franchise.
After the 1954 NFL season, Davidson received word that he had been drafted by the U.S. Army. He served in the Army for two years and did not take part in the 1955 NFL season or the 1956 NFL season. By the time Davidson returned to the Colts for the 1957 NFL Season, John Unitas was the team's starting quarterback.
While in the military, Davidson played quarterback for the Fort Bliss Falcons from 1955 to 1957. A game between the Fort Bliss Falcons and the Cannonneers of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, was played for a trophy called "The Little Brown Dud." The Cannoneers won the game and took home the Little Brown Dud. Cotton was awarded All-Army Quarterback in 1955.
On July 2, 1962, the Texans signed Len Dawson, thus ending Davidson's career as the Dallas quarterback. After the 1962 season opener, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for the first overall selection in the 1963 American Football League Draft, which was used by the Chiefs to select future Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan. Just two weeks later, Davidson started at quarterback in his first game with the Raiders. Playing against his former team, he threw for 248 yards and rushed for a touchdown in a 26–16 loss to the Texans.
The high moments of his career were being selected to the American Football League All-Star Game twice: in 1961 and in 1963. He was honored as the MVP of the 1961 AFL All-Star Game while with the Texans.
Davidson finished with an all-time record of 19–33–1 as a starter.
Personal life and death
Davidson died in December 2022, at the age of 91.
See also
List of American Football League players
Billy Patterson (1937)
Jack Price (1945–1947)
Adrian Burk (1948–1949)
Larry Isbell (1950–1951)
Cotton Davidson (1952–1953)
Billy Hooper (1954)
Bobby Jones (1955)
Doyle Traylor (1956–1957)
Buddy Humphrey (1958)
Ron Stanley (1959–1960)
Bobby Ply (1960–1961)
Don Trull (1962–1963)
Terry Southall (1964–1966)
Kenny Stockdale (1965)
Alvin Flynn (1967)
Steve Stuart (1968–1969)
Si Southall (1970–1971)
Neal Jeffrey (1972–1974)
Mark Jackson (1975–1976)
Steve Smith (1977–1978)
Mike Brannan (1979–1982)
Jay Jeffrey (1980–1981)
Cody Carlson (1983–1986)
Tom Muecke (1984–1985)
Brad Goebel (1987–1990)
J. J. Joe (1990–1993)
Jeff Watson (1994–1997)
Jermaine Alfred (1996–1999)
Greg Cicero (2000–2002)
Guy Tomcheck (2000)
Kerry Dixon (2000)
Josh Zachry (2000–2002)
Aaron Karas (2001–2003)
Shawn Bell (2003–2006)
Dane King (2004)
Terrance Parks (2004–2005)
Blake Szymanski (2006–2009)
Michael Machen (2007)
Kirby Freeman (2008)
Robert Griffin (2008–2011)
Nick Florence (2009, 2012)
Bryce Petty (2013–2014)
Seth Russell (2014–2016)
Jarrett Stidham (2015)
Chris Johnson (2015)
Zach Smith (2016–2017)
Anu Solomon (2017)
Charlie Brewer (2017–2020)
Jalan McClendon (2018)
Gerry Bohanon (2021)
Blake Shapen (2021–2022)
vte1954 NFL Draft first-round selections
Bobby Garrett
Lamar McHan
Art Hunter
Veryl Switzer
Cotton Davidson
Stan Wallace
Johnny Lattner
Steve Meilinger
Neil Worden
Ed Beatty
Bernie Faloney
John Bauer
Dick Chapman
vteBaltimore Colts 1954 NFL Draft selections
Cotton Davidson
Larry Grigg
Don Ellis
Glenn Turner
Dennis McCotter
Bob Adams
Bob Schoonmaker
Bob Leberman
Don Chelf
Chuck McMillan
Ordell Braase
Bobby Moorhead
Alex Sandusky
Tommy Adkins
Dick Shinaut
Charley Wenzlau
Raymond Berry
Bob Lade
Bob Myers
Leon Hrdeman
Don Kerlin
Pepper Rodgers
Jesus Esparza
Bill Sennett
Ray Ecstrom
Claude Talisferro
Pat Abbruzzi
vteIndianapolis Colts first-round draft picksFormerly the Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)
vteIndianapolis Colts starting quarterbacksPlayed in Baltimore (1953–1983)
Fred Enke (1953–1954)
George Taliaferro (1953)
Ed Mioduszewski (1953)
Gary Kerkorian (1954)
Cotton Davidson (1954)
George Shaw (1955–1956, 1958)
Johnny Unitas (1956–1967, 1969–1972)
Gary Cuozzo (1965–1966)
Tom Matte (1965)
Earl Morrall (1968–1971)
Marty Domres (1972–1974)
Bert Jones (1973–1981)
Bill Troup (1978)
Mike Kirkland (1978)
Greg Landry (1979–1980)
David Humm (1981)
Mike Pagel (1982–1985)
Mark Herrmann (1983–1984, 1992)
Art Schlichter (1984–1985)
Matt Kofler (1985)
Jack Trudeau (1986–1990, 1992–1993)
Gary Hogeboom (1986–1988)
Blair Kiel (1987)
Chris Chandler (1988–1989)
Tom Ramsey (1989)
Jeff George (1990–1993)
Jim Harbaugh (1994–1997)
Don Majkowski (1994)
Browning Nagle (1994)
Craig Erickson (1995)
Paul Justin (1995–1997)
Kelly Holcomb (1997)
Peyton Manning (1998–2010)
Kerry Collins (2011)
Curtis Painter (2011)
Dan Orlovsky (2011)
Andrew Luck (2012–2016, 2018)
Matt Hasselbeck (2015)
Josh Freeman (2015)
Scott Tolzien (2016–2017)
Jacoby Brissett (2017, 2019)
Brian Hoyer (2019)
Philip Rivers (2020)
Carson Wentz (2021)
Matt Ryan (2022–present)
Sam Ehlinger (2022)
vteDallas Texans 1960 inaugural season roster
14 Hunter Enis
18 Don Flynn
19 Cotton Davidson
21 Dave Webster
22 Johnny Bookman
23 Jim Swink
28 Abner Haynes
30 Jack Spikes
32 Bo Dickinson
33 Curley Johnson
35 Smokey Stover
36 Clem Daniels
40 Charlie Jackson
42 Johnny Robinson
44 Jimmy Harris
46 Carroll Zaruba
48 Duane Wood
50 Jim Barton
54 Ted Greene
55 Tom Dimmick
56 Walt Corey
60 Al Reynolds
61 Bob Hudson
62 Sid Fournet
63 Marvin Terrell
64 Bill Krisher
66 Dick Frey
68 R. B. Nunnery
69 Sherrill Headrick
70 Jack Stone
71 Ray Collins
72 Paul Rochester
74 Jerry Cornelison
75 Rufus Granderson
76 Walter Napier
79 Charley Diamond
80 Max Boydston
85 Ed Bernet
86 Paul Miller
87 Mel Branch
88 Chris Burford
89 Bob Bryant
Head coach: Hank Stram
Assistant coaches: Ed Hughes
Bill Walsh
vteKansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacksFormerly the Dallas Texans (1960–1962)
Cotton Davidson (1960–1961)
Hunter Enis (1960)
Randy Duncan (1961)
Len Dawson (1962–1975)
Eddie Wilson (1963)
Pete Beathard (1965)
Jacky Lee (1968–1969)
Mike Livingston (1969–1979)
Tony Adams (1975, 1977–1978)
Steve Fuller (1979–1982)
Bill Kenney (1980–1988)
Todd Blackledge (1984–1987)
Matt Stevens (1987)
Frank Seurer (1987)
Doug Hudson (1987)
Steve DeBerg (1988–1991)
Ron Jaworski (1989)
Steve Pelluer (1989)
Mark Vlasic (1991)
Dave Krieg (1992–1993)
Joe Montana (1993–1994)
Steve Bono (1994–1996)
Rich Gannon (1996–1998)
Elvis Grbac (1997–2000)
Warren Moon (2000)
Trent Green (2001–2006)
Damon Huard (2006–2008)
Brodie Croyle (2007–2010)
Tyler Thigpen (2008)
Matt Cassel (2009–2012)
Tyler Palko (2011)
Kyle Orton (2011)
Brady Quinn (2012)
Alex Smith (2013–2017)
Chase Daniel (2013–2014)
Nick Foles (2016)
Patrick Mahomes (2017–present)
Matt Moore (2019)
Chad Henne (2020)
vteDallas Texans 1962 AFL champions
1 Tom Pennington
10 Jimmy Saxton
12 Eddie Wilson
14 Bobby Ply
16 Len Dawson
19 Cotton Davidson
20 Bobby Hunt
26 Frank Jackson
28 Abner Haynes
30 Jack Spikes
32 Curtis McClinton
35 Smokey Stover
42 Johnny Robinson
44 Edward Kelley
45 Dave Grayson
48 Duane Wood
54 Ted Greene
55 E. J. Holub
56 Walt Corey
60 Al Reynolds
63 Marvin Terrell
64 Curt Merz
65 Jon Gilliam
66 Sonny Bishop
67 Carl Larpenter
69 Sherrill Headrick
72 Paul Rochester
74 Jerry Cornelison
75 Jerry Mays
77 Jim Tyrer
79 Charley Diamond
81 Tommy Brooker
82 Bill Miller
84 Fred Arbanas
85 Bill Hull
86 Dick Davis
87 Mel Branch
88 Chris Burford
Head coach: Hank Stram
Assistant coaches: Tom Catlin
Bob Ghilotti
Ed Hughes
Bill Walsh
vteOakland Raiders 1967 AFL champions
00 Jim Otto
3 Daryle Lamonica
11 Mike Eischeid
16 George Blanda
19 Cotton Davidson
20 Warren Powers
21 Rodger Bird
22 Larry Todd
23 Rod Sherman
24 Willie Brown
25 Fred Biletnikoff
29 Howie Williams
30 Roger Hagberg
33 Billy Cannon
34 Gus Otto
35 Hewritt Dixon
36 Clem Daniels
38 Estes Banks
40 Pete Banaszak
42 Bill Laskey
45 Dave Grayson
47 Kent McCloughan
48 Bill Budness
50 Duane Benson
52 J. R. Williamson
53 Dan Birdwell
55 Dan Conners
62 Bob Kruse
63 Gene Upshaw
65 Wayne Hawkins
70 Jim Harvey
73 Richard Sligh
74 Tom Keating
76 Bob Svihus
77 Ike Lassiter
78 Dan Archer
79 Harry Schuh
81 Warren Wells
83 Ben Davidson
84 Ken Herock
85 Carleton Oats
86 Bill Fairband
88 Dave Kocourek
89 Bill Miller
Head coach: John Rauch
Coaches: Tom Dahms
John Madden
Marv Marinovich
John Polonchek
Ollie Spencer
Charlie Sumner
vteLas Vegas Raiders starting quarterbacksPlayed in Oakland (1960–1981, 1995–2019) and Los Angeles (1982–1994)
Tom Flores (1960–1961, 1963–1966)
Babe Parilli (1960)
Cotton Davidson (1962–1964, 1966)
Hunter Enis (1962)
Don Heinrich (1962)
Dick Wood (1965)
Daryle Lamonica (1967–1973)
George Blanda (1968)
Ken Stabler (1971–1979)
Larry Lawrence (1974–1975)
Mike Rae (1976–1977)
Jim Plunkett (1980–1986)
Dan Pastorini (1980)
Marc Wilson (1981, 1983–1987)
Rusty Hilger (1987)
Vince Evans (1987, 1993, 1995)
Jay Schroeder (1988–1992)
Steve Beuerlein (1988–1989)
Todd Marinovich (1991–1992)
Jeff Hostetler (1993–1996)
Billy Joe Hobert (1995–1996)
Jeff George (1997–1998)
Donald Hollas (1998)
Wade Wilson (1998)
Rich Gannon (1999–2004)
Rick Mirer (2003)
Marques Tuiasosopo (2003, 2005)
Kerry Collins (2004–2005)
Aaron Brooks (2006)
Andrew Walter (2006, 2008)
Josh McCown (2007)
Daunte Culpepper (2007)
JaMarcus Russell (2007–2009)
Bruce Gradkowski (2009–2010)
Charlie Frye (2009)
Jason Campbell (2010–2011)
Kyle Boller (2011)
Carson Palmer (2011–2012)
Terrelle Pryor (2012–2013)
Matt Flynn (2013)
Matt McGloin (2013, 2016)
Derek Carr (2014–present)
EJ Manuel (2017)
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