Lamson pictured in Yackety Yack 1908, North Carolina yearbook
|Born||September 13, 1876|
|Died||December 11, 1956 80) (aged|
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|Consensus All-American (1905)|
Otis Floyd Lamson (September 13, 1876 – December 11, 1956) was an American football player and coach, and also a surgeon.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
Lamson was born in Beetown, Wisconsin, in 1876.
Lamson served as the head football coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1907. Prior to his coaching career, Lamson played college football while attending the University of Pennsylvania. He lettered for the Quakers in 1904 and 1905. In 1905, he earned All-American honors from Walter Camp. In 1906, Lamson was hired by the Massillon Tigers to play for the team in the "Ohio League" championship. During that two-game series, a betting scandal involving the Tigers and their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, arose.
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|North Carolina Tar Heels (South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1907)|
Lamson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1907, after which he practiced medicine in Seattle for 41 years, until his retirement in 1952.He was one of the best-known surgeons in the western United States. After his internship at Mercy Hospital in Denver, he received a fellowship to work at the Mayo Clinic. He then served at Doctors Hospital and Columbus Hospital in Seattle. Lamson also served as the president of the North Pacific Surgical Association, and he co-founded the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. His professional interests included the treatment of achalasia.
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