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Jack Gotta

Born: Nov 14, 1929

Death: Jun 29, 2013

Birthplace: Ironwood

Profession: American football player

Nationality: Canada

Jack Gotta

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1929
Date of Death : Jun 29, 2013
Birth Place : Ironwood

Jack "Jocko" Gotta was an American-born Canadian professional football player, coach, and general manager. Gotta played Tight End at Oregon State in 1952 and Hamilton Air Force Base from 1954-1956. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1956, but was cut and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League from 1957-1959. In 1960 he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He sometimes played corner linebacker and safety due to injuries on defense. During the 1964 season he was cut by Saskatchewan and signed by the Montreal Alouettes. In 1965 he rejoined the Roughriders as an assistant coach. He resigned after the 1967 season and joined the Ottawa Rough Riders coaching staff. In 1970 he replaced the retiring Frank Clair as head coach. The team went from first to last place, however the team made the playoffs every year afterwards. He had a 30-26 record in his four seasons as Ottawa's head coach, winning the Grey Cup in 1973 and the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1972 and 1973. In 1974 he jumped to the World Football League's Birmingham Americans as head coach and general manager.


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