Ben Davidson

Ben Davidson

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Benjamin Earl Davidson (born June 14, 1940) is a former collegiate and professional American football player between 1961 and 1972, most notably in the American Football League with the Oakland Raiders from 1964 through 1969, and for the NFL Raiders from 1970 through 1972. He had also played in the NFL for the league champion Green Bay Packers (1961), and Washington Redskins (1962–63). He was an AFL All-Star in 1966, 1967, and 1968. In the mid 1970s, he also played for the Portland Storm in the World Football League .

Davidson was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, but did not play football. Because of his height (6 feet 8 inches), basketball was more to his liking. While attending East Los Angeles Community College, he was spotted by the football coach and asked to join the team. He was subsequently recruited to play at the University of Washington where he flourished as a member of two Rose Bowl winning teams and gained entry into Professional Football.

Dawson-Taylor incident

On November 1, 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs led the Raiders 17–14 late in the fourth quarter, and a long run for a first-down run by Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson apparently sealed victory for the Chiefs in the final minute when Dawson, as he lay on the ground, was speared by Davidson, who dove into Dawson with his helmet, provoking Chiefs’ receiver Otis Taylor to attack Davidson. After a bench-clearing brawl, offsetting...
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