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Andy Dorris
Date of birth: (1951-08-11) August 11, 1951 (age 70)
Place of birth: Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Career information
Position(s): Defensive end
College: New Mexico State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 4 / Pick: 93
 As player:
St. Louis Cardinals
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks
Houston Oilers
Playing stats at

Andy Dorris (born August 11, 1951) is a retired American professional football player. He was born in Bellaire, Ohio and attended college at New Mexico State University.[1] Dorris played in the National Football League for nine seasons.[2] He spent most of his professional career with the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Oilers.[2][1] Dorris is currently a sales representative for Hanson Pipe and Precast in Houston, Texas.[3][2]

Professional career

The Cleveland Browns drafted Andy Dorris with the 93rd pick in the 1973 NFL Draft.[4][5] He initially signed a three-year contract with the team. [5] Before the season began, Cleveland traded Dorris to the St. Louis Cardinals.[6] He played in four games for St. Louis in his first season as a professional.[1] In October 1973, St. Louis traded Dorris to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a draft choice.[7]

Dorris spent three full seasons with the Saints.[1] In a game against the Atlanta Falcons in 1976, Dorris sacked Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski.[8] Bartkowski left the game with a knee injury. [8]

At the beginning of the 1977 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks acquired Dorris from New Orleans.[9] Dorris played four games for the Seahawks. [9][10][1] The Seahawks placed him on waivers in October, 1977.[11] As a free agent, Dorris participated in tryouts for two teams, but he was rejected both times.[12]

In November 1977, the Houston Oilers' Elvin Bethea broke his arm during a game. Coach "Bum" Philips replaced him with Andy Dorris. [12] In Houston, Dorris was part of a team that came to be known as "Bum's boys." [12][13] Under Bumís relaxed leadership style, Dorris bulked up and became a formidable defensive lineman. [12]

In 1979, Dorris was the starting left defensive end for the Oilers.[14] He recorded three sacks in a December matchup against the Denver Broncos.[15] Dorris signed a new contract with the Oilers in 1980.[16]

1979 and 1980 were two of the most successful seasons for the Houston Oilersí franchise. In both seasons, the team finished the season with 11 wins and 5 losses but failed to make the Super Bowl.[17][18]

Dorris was known as a locker-room prankster. He and a teammate once put blue dye in a shower head, turning a teammate's skin blue.[19]

Houston placed Dorris on the injured reserve list at the beginning of the 1982 season, but he had already played his last game as a professional.[20][1]

In 1990, he attended a reunion luncheon of many former Oilers players at the Southern Plantation Restaurant.[21]

Later career

Dorris works as a sales representative for Hanson Pipe and Precast. [3] The company produces pipes and precast concrete forms for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes.[22]

Awards and recognition

In his last year at New Mexico State, Dorris was named outstanding senior athlete. [5]

In 2006, the Missouri Valley Conference announced its football "All-Centennial Team."[23] Conference officials selected Andy Dorris as one of the 14 players representing the decade of the 1970s. [23] Dorris was all-MVC at New Mexico State in 1972. [23]

In 2007, Coach Philips and many of his former players, including Dorris, held a reunion during halftime of a Houston Texans game.[24]

Dorris attended a New Mexico State Aggies football reunion in April, 2012.[25][26] The event consisted of a gathering of former players on Friday, April 27. [25]

Personal life

Dorris and his wife have three children: Meredith, Sam, and Zach. [2] He has five grandchildren. [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Andy Dorris NFL profile". Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Where are we now?". NM State Sports. January 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "West Region Contacts". Hanson Pipe and Precast. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. "New Mexico State NFL Draft Choices". The Red Zone. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Dorris to play for Celeveland". St. Joseph News-Press. May 30, 1973.,6581570&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  6. "Pro Transactions". The Milwaukee Sentinel. August 11, 1973.,2690509&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  7. "Jets Give Van Galder Trial". The Milwuakee Journal. October 11, 1973.,200040&dq=saints+andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Six NFL quarterbacks knocked out of action". The Miami News. October 11, 1976.,502743&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "It looks like end of the line for Mike Curtis". The Miami News. September 7, 1977.,2528442&dq=saints+sign+andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  10. Daryl Gadbow (September 7, 191977). "Curtis among 'Hawk cuts". Ellensburg Daily Record.,3980395&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  11. "Seahawks sign Horace Jones". The Tuscaloosa News. October 10, 1977.,2770722&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Curry Kirkpatrick (October 27, 1980). "Hallelujah. He's. Uh. Bum". Sports Illuestrated. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  13. "Highlights of the Luv Ya Blue era" (June 21, 1991). Houston Chronicle, 2.
  14. "Sunday Scouting Report". The Palm Beach Post. October 27, 1979.,3611082&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  15. "Three offensive regulars injured, defense does job for Oilers, 13-7". The Telegraph Herald. December 24, 1979.,3518916&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  16. "Dorris Signs Oiler Contract". The Palm Beach Post. July 29, 1980.,4936770&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  17. "1979 Houston Oilers". FanBase. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  18. "1980 Houston Oilers". FanBase. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  19. "The Pranks". Herald-Journal. July 16, 1995.,196729&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  20. "Monday's National Football League Transactions". Toledo Blade. September 7, 1982.,1952883&dq=andy+dorris&hl=en. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  21. McClain, John and Rich Burk (October 26, 1990). "Oilers/Jets notes". Houston Chronicle, 9.
  22. "Hanson Pipe and Precast Official Site". Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 "Missourie Valley Conference Announces Football All-Centinnial Team". December 5, 2006. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  24. McClain, John (December 10, 2007). "Reunited, and it feels so good; Elated Oilers saluted at half, so happy together. Houston Chronicle, 7.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Aggies reunion BBQ rounding into form" (April 19, 2012). Las Cruces Sun-News.
  26. "Former Aggies gather following spring game" (April 28, 2012). Las Cruces Sun-News.