Lothridge with Bobby Dodd, 1962
|No. 18, 10, 26, 7|
|Date of birth:||January 1, 1942|
|Place of birth:||Cleveland, Georgia|
|Date of death:||February 24, 1996(aged 54)|
|Place of death:||Pensacola, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school:||Gainesville High School|
|NFL draft:||1964 / Round: 6 / Pick: 73
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
|AFL draft:||1964 / Round: 12 / Pick: 95
(By the Oakland Raiders)
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
William Lamar Lothridge (January 1, 1942 – February 24, 1996) was an American football Punter, Safety and Quarterback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and the Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Georgia Tech.
Lothridge was a graduate of Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia where he played quarterback. He later attended Georgia Tech where he finished second in the 1963 Heisman Trophy voting to Roger Staubach. He teamed with Billy Martin both at Gainesville and Georgia Tech to form a dominant passing/rushing attack.
In 1969, he was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Lothridge was drafted in the sixth round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the 12th round of the 1964 AFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. As a rookie even though he tore a ligament in his left knee in training camp, he was named the team's punter and third-team quarterback. His net punting average of 37.9 yards wasn't reached by another Cowboy until the 2006 season (Mat McBriar-38.6 yards).
Los Angeles Rams
On November 25, 1965, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons as one of the team's original players. He won the NFL punting title in 1967 with a 43.7 average and repeated the next year with a 42.8 average and received All-Pro honors. In 1968, he was also a starter at safety and had 3 interceptions. He retired before the start of the 1971 season, but was brought back when the team experienced punting problems. He was waived before the start of the 1972 season.
On November 22, 1972, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins to replace an injured Larry Seiple. Even though he was placed on the team's taxi squad when Seiple returned, he got a chance to be a part of the Dolphins perfect season.