Santana Dotson

Santana N. Dotson (born December 19, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He was a part of Houston's Yates High School football team when it won the 1985 5A state championship. While at Baylor, Dotson was voted All-American in 1991. He won the 1992 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played in two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers.

Santana Dotson is working to become an NFL broadcaster, and currently appears on the "Bob & Brian Show," on WHQG Radio in Milwaukee, during the NFL season.

There are several other prominent football players in the Dotson family. Alphonse Dotson, father of Santana played at Grambling University then went on to play for several teams in the NFL, ending with the Oakland Raiders. Santana Dotson also has a nephew, Alonzo Dotson, who played for the Oklahoma Sooners, then was picked up as a free agent by the Washington Redskins, whom now is in his 5th season with the Green Bay Packers as a College Area Scout

Santana Dotson
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Dotson in 2013
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Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:December 19, 1969 (age 49)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Yates (Houston, Texas)
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 5 / Pick: 132
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:6
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1991 College Football All-America Team

The 1991 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1991. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1991 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP); (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA); (4) the United Press International (UPI); and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Other notable selectors included Football News, Scripps Howard (SH), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Newspaper Enterprise Association in conjunction with World Almanac.

Nine players were unanimously selected by all five official selectors. They are: running back Vaughn Dunbar of Indiana; wide receiver Desmond Howard of Michigan; center Jay Leeuwenburg of Colorado; tackle Greg Skrepenak of Michigan; defensive ends Santana Dotson of Baylor and Steve Emtman of Washington; linebacker Robert Jones of East Carolina; defensive back Terrell Buckley of Florida State; and punter Mark Bounds of Texas Tech. Desmond Howard also won the 1991 Heisman Trophy.

1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League. It was the first season of Sam Wyche's four-year spell as the Buccaneers' head coach. Wyche said before the season that he believed he could turn Vinny Testaverde into a great player.

Tampa Bay had lop-sided wins in the first two weeks, and looked like they would prove good the coach's words. They started the season 3–1 but then lost ten of the next eleven, starting with a ten-point loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Tampa's closest loss of the year was a four-point Week Thirteen loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tampa Bay had a first half 27–3 lead, but the Rams scored 28 unanswered points to steal the win.

Special teams suffered too, especially from kickers like Ken Willis making only eight of fourteen field goals. Reggie Cobb became only the third player in the team's history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and Santana Dotson made the All-Rookie team. The Bucs finished the season the way they started it, with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1992 Buccaneers had the worst special teams squad of the year, and fourth-worst all time (later having been recalibrated to 7th-worst all-time): "Tampa Bay actually got a solid year from punter Dan Stryzinski, but the return men were poor, the kickers were horrific, and the kick coverage was putrid. Ken Willis and Eddie Murray combined to go 12-for-22 on field goals, and they couldn't stop kicking the ball out of bounds. Willis kicked the first nine games of the season and hit it out of bounds five times. [...] Murray took over for the final seven games and didn't have a single touchback, while hitting it out of bounds three more times. He averaged only 55.5 yards per kickoff. The Bucs weren't the only other team with a single-digit touchback total, but at least the others – New England, Green Bay, and the New York Giants – had the excuse of playing in cold weather."

1993 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1993 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League.

1993 was mostly seen as a rebuilding year for coach Sam Wyche who moved on without Vinny Testaverde and went with young quarterback Craig Erickson, another University of Miami alumnus who won a national championship as their quarterback. He had a solid 3054 passing yards. The Bucs lost five of their first six games on the way to a 5-11 season.

The 1993 Buccaneers have the distinction of being the only team in NFL history to have played eleven games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs; the Buccaneers were 3–8 in these games.

In his first season with the team, Hardy Nickerson set a Buccaneer record with 214 tackles.

1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 6–10 season in 1994, a season in which the team won 4 straight games at the end of the year, and four of their final five. It was Sam Wyche’s final season as the team's head coach.

This was the final year the Buccaneers team wore screen printed name and numbers on the jerseys

Prior to the season Malcolm Glazer took over ownership of the team, then the Bucs drafted defensive lineman Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks, both of whom are recognized as two of the team's greatest ever players. The Buccaneers' first-ever draft pick, Lee Roy Selmon, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1996 Green Bay Packers season

The 1996 Green Bay Packers season was their 78th season overall and their 76th in the National Football League, which culminated with the franchise winning its third Super Bowl and league-record 12th NFL Championship. The Packers posted a league-best 13–3 regular season won-loss record, going 8–0 at home and 5–3 on the road. It was the first time since 1962 that the club went undefeated at home. Additionally, the Packers had the NFL's highest-scoring offense (456) and allowed the fewest points on defense (210). Green Bay was the first team to accomplish both feats in the same season since the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. They finished the season with the number one ranked offense, defense, and special teams. They also set a then NFL record for the fewest touchdowns allowed in a 16-game season, with 19. The Packers also allowed the fewest yards in the NFL and set a record for punt return yardage. Brett Favre won his second straight MVP award while also throwing for a career-high and league leading 39 touchdown passes.

In the postseason, the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round and the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. Green Bay beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI to win their third Super Bowl and twelfth NFL Championship.In 2007, the 1996 Packers were ranked as the 16th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions. The 1996 Packers were ranked 6th-greatest Super Bowl team of all-time by a similar panel done by ESPN and released in 2007. As of 2019, the Packers are the only team since the implementation of the salary cap to score the most points and allow the fewest in the regular season.

1998 Green Bay Packers season

The 1998 Green Bay Packers season was their 80th season overall and their 78th in the National Football League. It ended with a 30–27 loss in the NFC Wild Card Game to the San Francisco 49ers, with Steve Young throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with three seconds left. The season marked the end of an era in many ways for Green Bay; this was the last season for which both head coach Mike Holmgren and Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White would find themselves on the Packers' sideline. This was the first time the Packers had not won the division in four years. In addition, the Minnesota Vikings brought an end to the Packers 25 game home winning streak in Week 5.

1998 was the final season that the Packers would qualify for the postseason during the 1990s. They would not return to the playoffs until 2001.

1999 Green Bay Packers season

The 1999 Green Bay Packers season was their 81st season overall and their 79th in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Ray Rhodes. The Packers finished 8–8, posting their worst record since Brett Favre took over the helm as the Packers' starting quarterback.

2000 Green Bay Packers season

The 2000 Green Bay Packers season was their 82nd season overall and their 80th in the National Football League. It was the first season for which Mike Sherman was the head coach of the team. Sherman was the thirteenth head coach in franchise history. The Packers finished 9–7, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Packers total offense ranked 15th in the league, and their total defense ranked 15th in the league.

2001 Green Bay Packers season

The 2001 Green Bay Packers season was their 83rd season overall and their 81st season in the National Football League.

The Packers returned to the postseason after two years of missing the playoffs if the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

They finished with a 12–4 record. After easily defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round, Green Bay's season ended with a loss to the 14–2 St. Louis Rams in the NFC divisional playoff game, in which quarterback Brett Favre threw a career high six interceptions.

2002 Green Bay Packers season

The 2002 Green Bay Packers season was their 84th season overall and their 82nd in the National Football League.

The Packers achieved a 12–4 record in the regular season, before losing in the 2003 NFL Wild Card playoffs round to Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. This marked the first time in NFL history that the Packers had lost at home in the playoffs.

Alphonse Dotson

Alphonse Alan Dotson (born February 25, 1943) is a former American football defensive tackle who played college American football at Grambling State, where he was All-American in 1964.He was drafted by the National Football League's Green Bay Packers in the 2nd round (24th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft but signed with the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs and played a year. In 1966, he played for the AFL's Miami Dolphins. From 1967-1970 he played for the AFL's Oakland Raiders, mostly as a backup as he recorded only 4 career starts. The Raiders defensive line of that era was Ike Lassiter, Ben Davidson, Tom Keating, and Dan Birdwell, a group who set the NFL sack record (broken in 1984 by the Chicago Bears), so Dotson did not get a lot of playing time, although he played in most of the games while with the Raiders.His son is Santana Dotson, himself a former All-American and also the 1993 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played in two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers. He was a Super Bowl champion winning Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers.When his son, Santana, had become a free agent, Alphonse acted as his son's agent used his commission on the deal to purchase 83 acres (340,000 m2) which includes grapevines that covered 1/3 of the land. So now, Dotson is now a grape grower at Certenberg Vineyards in Texas. He also is the president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.Alphonse Grandson played college American football at the University of Oklahoma who was a part of 2 National Championship games and won 3 Big XII Conference Championships— Alonzo Dotson Who is now a College Scout For the Green Bay Packers, a defensive end.


Dotson is a Welsh surname originating from the Cheshire region where a family seat was held from ancient times well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. This surname is a patronymic of the Middle English name "Dodde." Originally derived from the Germanic root "dodd" meaning "something rounded", used to denote a short, rotund man [1]. Notable people with this surname include:

Alphonse Dotson (born 1943), American football player

Amber Dotson, American country singer

Bob Dotson, American broadcast journalist

Carlton Dotson, American college basketball player and murderer

Chastity Dotson, American actress

Delon Dotson, American technologist and businessman

Devon Dotson, American basketball player

Earl Dotson (born 1970), American football player

Gary Dotson, American exonerated of a criminal conviction by DNA evidence

Lionel Dotson (born 1985), American football player

Richard Dotson (born 1959), American baseball player

Santana Dotson (born 1969), American football player

Sam Dotson (born 1970), American police commissioner in St. Louis

Gilbert Brown

Gilbert Jesse Brown (born February 22, 1971) is a former American football player. A nose tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (1993–99, 2001–03), Brown played 125 Packers games (103 starts) recording 292 tackles (186 solo) and seven sacks. Nicknamed "The Gravedigger," in honor of his celebratory dance following a thunderous tackle, Brown played in 15 Packers playoff games. He was a major contributor on strong defenses during the mid-1990s. His best season was 1996, when Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI. He was also part of the Kansas team that won the 1992 Aloha Bowl, and was selected for the All-Academic Big Eight team in 1991.

Jack Yates Football

Jack Yates Football is the football program of Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas. The program got its start in 1927 when William Sylvester “Babe” Holland, was hired by Principal James D. Ryan to coach football as well as basketball and track. Holland led the program and made the program a success quickly as Yates won the 1930 Texas Negro High School state championship. Since its inception in 1927, the program has won its share of four PVIL Negro League State titles and the UIL state title in 1985. The program also had a run of 27 consecutive district titles from 1970-1996. The Lions have appeared in nine state championship games and have won five titles.

John Goodner

John Goodner (February 26, 1944 – December 5, 2005) was an American football coach.

John Goodner hailed from Frederick, Oklahoma. He played football at his alma mater, nearby Southwestern Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1967. Goodner coached high school football in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico for fifteen years before moving to the college ranks.

Goodner was the linebackers coach at Baylor University from 1982 through 1991, becoming Baylor's defensive coordinator in 1992.

In 1993 Goodner left Baylor for Texas Tech University where he served as linebackers coach through 1994, becoming defensive coordinator there in 1995 under head coach Spike Dykes. Goodner was Texas Tech's defensive coordinator through the 1999 season, becoming the university's highest-paid assistant coach before his departure.In 2000 Goodner was hired as defensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky by head coach Hal Mumme. He was retained by new head coach Guy Morriss for the 2001–2002 seasons, and joined Morriss as defensive coordinator at Baylor in 2003.

Goodner coached his teams to ten bowl games during his two decades of college coaching. He developed future NFL players Zach Thomas, Marcus Coleman, Montae Reagor, Santana Dotson and Daryl Gardener. Goodner was noted for his unusual hybrid 4–2–5/4–4–3 defensive scheme.Goodner and his wife Karen had one daughter, Katherine. Goodner was diagnosed with the brain cancer blioglastoma in December 2004, and died in 2005. He was named to the Southwestern Oklahoma State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf (born December 30, 1938) is the former American football general manager (GM) of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers. Wolf is widely credited with bringing success to a Packers franchise that had rarely won during the two decades prior to Wolf joining the organization. He also played a significant role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1963 to 1975 and again from 1978 to 1990. He joined Green Bay's front office in November 1991 from a personnel director's job with the New York Jets. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2015.

Steve Warren

Steve Warren, (born January 22, 1978) is a former defensive tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (2000–02).

Super Bowl XXXI

Super Bowl XXXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1996 season. The Packers defeated the Patriots by the score of 35–21, earning their third overall Super Bowl victory, and their first since Super Bowl II. The Packers also extended their league record for the most overall NFL championships to 12. It was also the last in a run of 13 straight Super Bowl victories by the NFC over the AFC. The game was played on January 26, 1997 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This Super Bowl featured two clubs that had recently returned to competitiveness. After 24 mostly dismal seasons since Vince Lombardi left, the Packers' fortunes turned after head coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre joined the team in 1992. After four losing seasons, the Patriots' rise began in 1993 when Bill Parcells was hired as head coach, and the team drafted quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Under their respective head coaches and quarterbacks, Green Bay posted an NFC-best 13–3 regular season record in 1996, while New England advanced to their second Super Bowl after recording an 11–5 record.

The game began with the teams combining for 24 first-quarter points, the most in Super Bowl history. The Packers then scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, including Favre's then-Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Freeman. In the third quarter, the Patriots cut the lead to 27–21 off of running back Curtis Martin's 18-yard rushing touchdown. But on the ensuing kickoff, Desmond Howard returned the ball a then-Super Bowl record 99 yards for a touchdown. The score proved to be the last one, as both teams' defenses took over the rest of the game. Howard became the first special teams player ever to be named Super Bowl MVP. He gained a total of 154 kickoff return yards, and also recorded a then-Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards, thus tying the then-Super Bowl records of total return yards (244) and combined net yards gained (244).

This was the first Super Bowl broadcast by Fox under its first contract to carry NFL games. By a large margin it was the highest-rated program aired in the network's history at the time.

Super Bowl XXXII

Super Bowl XXXII was an American football game played between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1997 season. The Broncos defeated the Packers by the score of 31–24. The game was played on January 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, the second time that the Super Bowl was held in that city. Super Bowl XXXII also made Qualcomm Stadium the only stadium in history to have the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

This was Denver's first league championship after suffering four previous Super Bowl losses, and snapped a 13-game losing streak for AFC teams in the Super Bowl (the previous being the Los Angeles Raiders' win in Super Bowl XVIII after the 1983 season). The Broncos, who entered the game after posting a 12–4 regular season record in 1997, became just the second wild card team to win a Super Bowl and the first since the Raiders in Super Bowl XV. The Packers, who entered the game as the defending Super Bowl XXXI champions after posting a 13–3 regular season record, were the first team favored to win by double digits to lose a Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV.

The game was close throughout much of the contest. The Broncos converted two turnovers to take a 17–7 lead in the second quarter before the Packers cut the score to 17–14 at halftime. Green Bay kept pace with Denver in the second half, before tying the game with 13:32 remaining. Both defenses stiffened until Broncos running back Terrell Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:45 left. Despite suffering a migraine headache that caused him to miss most of the second quarter, Davis (a San Diego native) was named Super Bowl MVP. He ran for 157 yards, caught two passes for 8 yards, and scored a Super Bowl record three rushing touchdowns.

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