NameNo.PosSeasons playedGamesStarts
Mark Cotney 33 S 1976-84 113 92
CollegeHeightWeightDate of birth
William & Mary 6-0 205 26-Jun-52
How acquiredHow left
Veteran allocation draft 1976 - Houston Camp cut 1985
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Profile
Played the first nine seasons with the Bucs and started for the best part of seven of them at strong safety. Always a popular player with the fans, Mark went on to run a dry-cleaning operation in Clearwater on leaving the NFL. Remains in the top 10 on the all-time franchise list for interceptions with 17 in his nine-year career. Originally a 7th round pick of the Houston Oilers, he came to the Bucs in the veteran allocation draft in 1976 and was voted an All-Pro by Sports Illustrated in 1983. Started all but five games in the first five years of the Buccaneer franchise but missed the entire 1981 season through injury.

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1982 1983
GamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStartsGamesStarts
14 13 14 12 16 15 16 15 16 16 9 0 12 12
1984
GamesStarts
16 9

Interceptions
Season No. Yards Avg LG TD
1976 3 25 8.3 25 0
1977 1 0 0.0 0 0
1978 2 28 14.0 28 0
1979 1 0 0.0 0 0
1980 3 28 9.3 21 0
1983 2 1 0.5 1 0
1984 5 123 24.6 26 0
Total 17 205 12.1 28 0
Punt Returns
Season No. Yards Avg LG FC
1976 3 26 8.7 9 0
1978 5 38 7.6 10 1
Total 8 64 8.0 10 1
TacklesSacks
Season Solo Asst Total Season No.
1976 51 22 73
1977 95
1978 100
1979 90 2.0
1980 105
1982 11
1983 61 1.0
1984 55 2.0
Total 590 Total 5.0
Special Teams' TacklesPasses Defensed
Season TotalSeason Total
1976 6
1977 14
1978 12
1979 1 1979 6
1980 11
1982 10 1982 1
1983 10
1984 8 1984 3
Total 19 Total 63