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Don Nottingham
Date of birth: June 26, 1949
Place of birth: Widen, West Virginia
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Kent State
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 17 / pIck 441
Organizations
 As player:
1971-1973
1973-1977
Baltimore Colts
Miami Dolphins
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Don Nottingham (born June 26, 1949 in Widen, West Virginia) was an American football running back who played for the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was affectionately referred to as 'The Human Bowling Ball' because of his short stature and wide girth.

Early career & collegeEdit

He attended Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Ohio and played college football at nearby Kent State University. He was a three-year letterman, and captained the team his senior year. He finished his college career with 2,515 yards on 602 carries. He also made the first-team All-Mid-American Conference teams in 1969 and 1970.

Pro careerEdit

Nottingham was drafted in the 17th round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, the next-to-the-last player picked. He spent two full years with the team, and was traded midway through the 1973 NFL season to the Dolphins. He was part of the Dolphins team that won Super Bowl VIII over the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. He spent the remainder of his career backing up Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, although he got a large number of carries, and finished in the top ten of all running backs for rushing touchdowns during the 1974, 1975, and 1976 seasons. He retired after the 1977 NFL season, and finished his career with 2,496 yards and 34 touchdowns on 611 carries, as well as 67 catches for 502 yards. The Don Nottingham Cup is given to the top Kent State offensive player at the end of spring practice.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

    Rushing   Receiving
Season Team League GP Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1971 Baltimore NFL 14 95 388 5 15 88 0
1972 Baltimore NFL 14 123 466 3 25 191 0
1973 Bal/Mia NFL 14 52 252 1 3 26 0
1974 Miami NFL 14 66 273 8 3 40 0
1975 Miami NFL 14 168 718 12 9 66 0
1976 Miami NFL 14 63 185 3 4 33 0
1977 Miami NFL 14 44 214 2 8 58 0
Regular season totals 98 611 2496 34 67 502 0

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