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Cotten, Mike

Card: University of Texas Upper Deck 2011
Acquired: TTM 2018, C/o Home
Sent:  9/19   Received: 9/24    (5 days)
Failure: 2018, C/o Work

Mike Cotten played quarterback for the Texas Longhorns from 1959 to 1961. He and I shared a lot of commonalities in our lives which is really cool so I thought I should go and reach out. A large player for that era (6’10”, 190), Mike was not only hard to take down in the backfield, but also a calculated and patient thrower. In 1961 he threw for 500 yards (44/77) with 7 TDs to only 2 interceptions. Mike also rushed 64 times for 150 yards and 3 TDs. A perpetual thorn in the side of rivals Texas A&M and Oklahoma- Cotten never lost a game to either school during his 3 years as QB for the Longhorns. He set numerous records for the school and pioneered a few modern offensive formations under the tutelage of Darrell Royal.

Mike was not selected in the 1962 NFL Draft.  After serving a tour in Vietnam, he returned to Austin and became a lawyer. As of 2019 Mike lives in the Central Texas Area.