Lasting Impressions: Cotton Davidson

GATESVILLE — When the Baylor Bears football team whipped the University of Texas, 30-10, on Dec. 7, I thought about a certain former Bears quarterback who would be celebrating the victory.

You have probably heard of the guy. He played high school football in Coryell County, went on to Baylor and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Cotton Davidson must have had a wide grin all week after his Bears won the Big 12 championship and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Although his career as a professional football player stretched from 1954 to 1968 — with a two-year hiatus for a hitch in the Army — Davidson doesn’t follow the Colts, Chiefs or Raiders very closely these days.

Davidson is a Baylor man. After leaving the pro game, he signed on as an assistant under Grant Teaff and spent 22 years coaching quarterbacks and receivers, including his son, Tommy Davidson, a receiver who was part of the “Miracle on the Brazos” championship team in 1974.

Retired in Gatesville, Cotton Davidson is now focused on spoiling his grandchildren, playing golf and supporting the local Boys & Girls Club.

Unlike today’s star athletes, Davidson is not the type of person to clash with his coach, sulk at being benched or tweet sanctimonious one-liners to his followers.

I can’t imagine Davidson with a Twitter account.

Cotton Davidson said he still enjoys watching the pro game and a few favorite pro players, including Peyton Manning.

But it is the college game that brings that wide smile to his face. Nothing could match the joy of seeing the Bears beat the Longhorns.

Sic ’em.

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