Who was Billy Lott?

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In following up yesterday’s post about Gene Grabosky, Billy Lott is the second of three players for whom I recently picked up signed cards.  Lott, who began his professional career with the New York Giants of the NFL, is featured on three AFL trading cards – 1961 Fleer, 1961 Topps and 1962 Fleer.  But who was Billy Lott?

There was a bit more info on Lott than on Gene Grabosky.  Lott was drafted out of Mississippi in the sixth round (70th overall) by the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL Draft.  The young fullback saw action in 12 games that season, but was out of football by 1959.  He signed on with the fledgling Oakland Raiders in 1960, and carried the ball 99 times for a 5.3-yard average that season.  Lott and Babe Parilli were dealt to the Boston Patriots in 1961, in exchange for Alan Miller, Hal Smith and Dick Christy.

Billy Lott put up solid numbers in 1961, carrying the ball 100 times for 461 yards and five touchdowns.  He also scored six times on pass receptions.  He was sidelined much of 1962 with a severe knee injury, and his football career never got back on track.  He was out of the game after the 1963 season.

Billy Lott passed away on April 15, 1995.

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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

4 Responses to Who was Billy Lott?

  1. 0tt060-74 says:

    I was fortunate to pick up a 1960 Raiders 8 X 10 team issued photo of Billy Lott, he’s pictured in that first year Raiders uniform on his 1961 Fleer Patriots card.

  2. Paul Beaver says:

    Billy Lott was on the Ole Miss team that beat UT Longhorns 39-7 in the Sugar Bowl. This was Darrell Royal’s first UT team and was totally outclassed by the much more talented Ole Miss team.

  3. Charles Oakey says:

    Saw Billy Lott play for the Oakland Raiders in 1960 at Kezar Stadium.

  4. Chris says:

    Lest we not forget Billy was also part of “The Greatest Game Ever Played” – the 1958 Championship. This was primarily my interest in finding Billy autograph. I have him on the 61 Topps set as a Pat…might look a little odd on a full team Giants display, but I couldn’t find a IC or GPC. Still happy to have the great Billy Lott in my collection!

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