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Ben Davidson
Date of birth June 14, 1940 (1940-06-14) (age 69)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Position(s) Defensive end
College Washington
Jersey Number 72, 75, 83
Career highlights
AFL All-Star 1966, 1967, 1968
Honors American Football League Champion, 1967
NFL Green Bay Packers
NFL Washington Redskins
AFL Oakland Raiders
NFL Oakland Raiders

Benjamin Earl Davidson (born June 14, 1940) is a former collegiate and professional American football player between 1961 and 1971, most notably in the American Football League with the Oakland Raiders from 1964 through 1969, and for the NFL Raiders in 1970 and 1971. He had also played in the NFL for the 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 the University of Washington, he was spotted by the football coach and asked to join the football team, where he flourished 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 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. Taylor’s unwise retaliation against Davidson’s foul 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.[1]

Entertainment career

He has 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. He also played a convict football player in Necessary Roughness. He also played himself in a Miller Lite ad featuring John Madden and Rodney Dangerfield. He also appeared in the short lived 1976 show Ball Four.[citation needed]

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