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Among all the legendary football-baseball stars at Stanford, including John Elway, Toby Gerhart and John Lynch, the only Stanford athlete to earn four letters in football and baseball is Mike Dotterer.
He was a bruising running back on the John Elway-led teams, setting a school freshman record with eight touchdowns in 1979.
As a senior in 1982, Dotterer led the team in rushing, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring eight touchdowns on what was perhaps Stanford’s most electrifying offense in the pre-Andrew Luck era.
Dotterer also returned kicks and remains the Cardinal’s single-game record-holder with 201 return yards against ASU in 1981. For his career, he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.
He was even better as a four-year letterman in the outfield and at the plate. He hit .381 in 1981 and was a second-team All-American and All-Pac-10 in 1982 when he hit .359 and helped lead Stanford to the College World Series.
Dotterer still ranks in Stanford’s top 10 in hits, runs, steals and triples, and compiled a career batting average of .340.
Drafted by the Yankees in 1979 out of high school and again in 1983, Dotterer instead opted for the NFL, where he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was on the Raiders roster for two seasons before a knee injury ended his professional career.