|Date of birth:June 26, 1949|
|Place of birth: Widen, West Virginia|
|High school: Ravenna (OH)|
|College: Kent State|
|NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 17 / Pick: 441|
|Debuted in 1971 for the History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Don Nottingham (born June 26, 1949) is a former 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 but robust frame.
Early career & college
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.
Nottingham was selected in the 17th round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, the penultimate pick. 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 gained the starting role after Larry Csonka left for the World Football League in 1975 and finished in the top ten of all running backs for rushing touchdowns during the 1974, 1975, and 1976 seasons. Nottingham broke his left shoulder blade in August 1978 and sat out the entire 1978 season on injured reserve, then retired in March 1979 to sell insurance. He 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.
|Regular season totals||98||611||2496||34||67||502||0|
- Zucco, Tom (September 16, 1980). "Insurance agent Don Nottingham still looks like a fullback". Largo-Seminole Times (Clearwater, FL). p. 4.
- Marks, Andy (January 6, 2009). "Miami’s unlikely turnaround excites local insurer, former Dolphin". Ocala.com. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- "Photo: Don Nottingham". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. July 25, 1972. p. 8.
- "Dolphins place Nottingham in injured reserve list". Sarasota Journal. UPI. August 16, 1978. p. 2B.
- "Nottingham retires". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. March 29, 1979. p. 4B.
- Don Nottingham at Kent State's website
- Career statistics and player information from Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com