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American Football Database
Al Dotson
No. 79, 71     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-02-25) February 25, 1943 (age 78)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
College: Grambling
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 24
(By the Green Bay Packers)
Debuted in 1965 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1970 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Games played     47
Games started     4
Safety     1

Alphonse Alan Dotson (born February 25, 1943, in Houston, Texas) is a former American football defensive tackle who played college American football at Grambling State, where he was All-American in 1964.[1][2]

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6] He also is the president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.[7]

Alphonse also has a nephew playing college American football at the University of Oklahoma—Alonzo Dotson, a defensive end.[8]


  1. Murray Olderman (1964-11-17). "NEA All-American Teams Are Split Into Platoons". Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.
  2. Retrieved 4-4-09.
  3. Pro Football Retrieved 4-2-09.
  4. Chicago Tribune Retrieved 4-2-09
  5. Goodwyn, Wade (May 14, 2009)Texas Presses Ahead in Wine Production National Public Radio. Retrieved 4-2-09.
  6. C-Y Certenberg Venyards. Retrieved 4-2-09
  7. Chicago Tribune Retrieved 4-2-09
  8. Retrieved 4-3-09.