Ben Davidson

Benjamin Earl Franklin "Ben" Davidson, Jr. (June 14, 1940 – July 2, 2012) was an American football player, a defensive end best known for his play with the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League. Earlier in his career, he was with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins of the National Football League.[1][2][3]

Ben Davidson
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1960 Washington Huskies yearbook
No. 72, 75, 83
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:June 14, 1940
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died:July 2, 2012 (aged 72)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Los Angeles (CA)
Woodrow Wilson
East Los Angeles College (JC)
NFL Draft:1961 / Round: 4 / Pick: 46
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Davidson was the son of Avis (née Wheat) and Benjamin Earl Franklin, Senior.[4] He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles, but did not play football in high school; because of his height (6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)), basketball and track were more to his liking.[5] While attending junior college at East Los Angeles 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 in Seattle in 1959, where he flourished as a member of consecutive Rose Bowl-winning teams under head coach Jim Owens and gained entry into professional football.

Professional career


Davidson was selected in the fourth round of the 1961 NFL draft by the New York Giants, but was traded in training camp to the Green Bay Packers.[6]

As a rookie, he played mostly special teams for the Packers in 1961, who beat the Giants 37–0 in the championship game, the first of five NFL titles for head coach Vince Lombardi.[7] During training camp in 1962, Davidson was traded to the Washington Redskins for a fifth round draft choice.[8] He played there in 1962 and 1963, until he was waived in September 1964 final cuts after not meeting the team's strict weight guidelines.[6][9]


Davidson is best remembered his play with the American Football League Oakland Raiders. Al Davis signed him as a free agent shortly after his release from the Redskins and he thrived as a pass rusher under head coaches Davis, John Rauch, and John Madden. Davidson played in Oakland from 1964 through 1972, and was part of the league merger in 1970. He was an AFL All-Star in 1966, 1967, and 1968.

The Raiders won the AFL championship in 1967 and played in Super Bowl II, but were overmatched by the Green Bay Packers. Oakland advanced to the AFL title games the next two seasons but lost to the New York Jets in 1968 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969, the league's last game. A stretched Achilles tendon in 1972 kept him on the sidelines that entire season.[10]

Dawson-Taylor incident

On November 1, 1970, the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs led the Raiders 17–14 late in the fourth quarter, and a long run for a first-down 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 penalties were called, nullifying the first down under the rules in effect at that time. The Chiefs were obliged to punt, and the Raiders tied the game on a George Blanda field goal with eight seconds to play. Davidson's play not only cost the Chiefs a win, but Oakland won the AFC West with a season record of 8–4–2, while Kansas City finished 7–5–2 and out of the playoffs.[11][12] After the season, the NFL changed its rules regarding personal fouls, separating those called during a play from those called after it.


Three years out of football, Davidson signed with the Portland Storm in early September 1974, already midway through the World Football League's inaugural 1974 season.[13][14] While with the Storm, he lived in his motor home that he drove up from California.[5] A late season knee injury in early November ended his season and playing career.[15]

Entertainment career

Davidson appeared in a few films including The Black Six, M*A*S*H, and Conan the Barbarian. He portrayed Porter the Bouncer in Behind the Green Door in 1972 and a convict football player in Necessary Roughness in 1991. Davidson played himself in Miller Lite ads featuring John Madden and Rodney Dangerfield. He also appeared in the short lived 1976 show Ball Four, the 1977 pilot for Lucan and the 1984 TV series Goldie and the Bears. Davidson also appeared in an episode of the 1970's TV series Happy Days as a lumberjack.

Personal life

Following his rookie season with Green Bay, Davidson took his winner's check ($5,195) from the 1961 NFL title game and bought rental property in San Diego.[6] He began 1961 with a Rose Bowl win on January 2 and ended it with an NFL championship on December 31, and was married in between.[6]

Davidson and fellow Oakland Raider teammate Tom Keating were avid motorcycle riders and completed both a ride from California to the Panama Canal and a four-month, 14,000-mile (23,000 km) trip across the United States while with the Raiders.[16]

Davidson died of prostate cancer at age 72.[1][2] He was retired and living in San Diego and was survived by his wife Kathy, and daughters Janella, Dana, and Vicki.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Ben Davidson, defensive end, dies at 72". New York Times. Associated Press. July 3, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Dillman, Lisa (July 4, 2012). "Ben Davidson dies at 72; Oakland Raider, fixture in beer commercials". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Crowe, Jerry (July 25, 2015). "For Ben Davidson, the quintessential Raider, football was the ticket to a great life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Report: Descendants of Benjamin (Frank) Franklin Davidson". Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  5. ^ a b Weaver, Dan (April 23, 1992). "Davidson shows his Liter side". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C1.
  6. ^ a b c d Hendricks, Martin (October 11, 2011). "Davidson's brief stay leads to glory". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  7. ^ 1961 NFL Championship Game at NFL.Com
  8. ^ Lea, Bud (August 21, 1962). "Davidson traded to Redskins". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  9. ^ "Barnes, five other cut by Redskins". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated. September 10, 1964. p. 30.
  10. ^ "Davidson style belies his image". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. February 6, 1973. p. 15.
  11. ^ KC Chiefs website Archived 2008-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ DtchMastr (2011-02-07). ""Big" Ben Davidson - Oakland Raiders". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  13. ^ "Davidson signs Storm contract". Eugene Register Guard. Oregon. September 4, 1974. p. 1B.
  14. ^ Cawood, Neil (September 7, 1974). "Big Ben, Roadrunner stir the Storm, 15-8". Eugene Register Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  15. ^ "Storm will have to make it without Ben Davidson". Lewiston Evening Journal. Maine. November 9, 1974. p. 15.
  16. ^ Crowe, Jerry (July 25, 2010). "For Ben Davidson, the quintessential Raider, football was the ticket to a great life". Los Angeles Times.

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1970 Kansas City Chiefs season

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Following their championship success, the Chiefs traded running back Mike Garrett, who was the club's all-time leading rusher at the time, to San Diego after a week 3 loss in Denver, and replaced him in the lineup with Ed Podolak. Despite a 44–24 win against soon to be Super Bowl V Champion Baltimore on September 28 in just the second-ever telecast of ABC's Monday Night Football, the Chiefs owned a 3–3–1 record at the season's midpoint. One of the season's pivotal junctures came in a 17–17 tie against Oakland on November 1. The Chiefs were ahead 17–14 when Len Dawson apparently sealed the win, running for a first down which would have allowed Kansas City to run out the clock. While on the ground, Dawson was speared by Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson in an infamous incident that cost the Chiefs a victory and further inflamed the already heated Chiefs-Raiders rivalry. Wide receiver Otis Taylor retaliated and a bench-clearing brawl ensued. Offsetting penalties were called, nullifying Dawson's first down. The Chiefs were forced to punt and Raiders kicker George Blanda eventually booted a game-tying field goal with eight seconds remaining. Following the tie with Oakland the Chiefs' defense would permit only 43 points over the next 5 weeks, which included 4 wins and 6-6 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals at Municipal Stadium. The Cardinals had come into that game with a streak of three straight shutout wins. The Chiefs' D held St. Louis to a late FG as the game ended 6-6. After a 16-0 shutout of Denver the Chiefs had played to a 6-1-2 record over the past nine weeks to stand 7-3-2 with two weeks to play and very much looked like a team with a chance to defend its championship. Then came the big one at Oakland, the game that would decide who reigned supreme in pro football's toughest division. The game on December 12 was a Saturday stand-alone NBC national telecast. The Chiefs led early 3-0, and the game was tied 6-6 at the half. But the Raiders, behind the angry running of Marv Hubbard, dominated the 2nd half in a 20-6 AFC West title clinching win for Oakland. The Chiefs still had a slim hope for the AFC Wild Card spot. They however needed a win by a poor Buffalo team in Miami and then a Chiefs' win in San Diego to make the playoffs. Miami jumped to a 28-0 first quarter lead and rolled to a 45-7 win. The Chiefs warming up to play the Chargers saw the Miami blowout and knew their reign as Champions was over. Eliminated, the Chiefs played a uninspired sleep walk game, losing 31-13. In the end it was that tie in November with Oakland that ultimately cost the Chiefs the opportunity to win the AFC West division title as Kansas City finished the year with a 7–5–2 record, while the Raiders went 8–4–2. The rules were changed several years later to assess such penalties as the Davidson-Taylor incident as dead-ball fouls after the play counted.

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