14. Cotton Davidson
Davidson was not very good, but he’s somehow better than three of the players already on this list. Think about that for a minute and then get back to me when the tears have subsided. The Dallas Texans came into existence in 1960 as part of the American Football League and Davidson was both their starting quarterback and punter. Perhaps he should have stuck to kicking.
In three seasons with Dallas (played only one game in 1962 before being traded to the Oakland Raiders), Davidson started 24 games and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in both campaigns. He also tossed 23 interceptions in each of his three years between 1960-62, despite being on one of the run-heavy teams of the AFL.
Eventually, the trade of Davidson would open up a spot for Len Dawson, who immediately led Dallas to the AFL title over the Houston Oilers. The Chiefs came to pass in 1963, after the Texans decided to move out of Texas with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys becoming too much competition at the box office. Davidson’s best moment with the franchise was when he got traded, making way for a pair of Super Bowl appearances.
Davidson would get to the Super Bowl as well, serving as a backup for the Oakland Raiders in 1967.
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