John "Mark" Cotney is a former NFL strong safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for seasons 1976-80, 83-84. layed the first nine seasons with the Bucs and started for the best part of seven of them at strong safety. 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.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) returns a punt against the Detroit Lions in 1983.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) tackles Wendell Tyler (No. 26), with teammate Bill Kollar (No. 77) watching and Mike Fanning (No. 79)
Mark Cotney (No. 33) and Cedric Brown (No. 34) in pursuit in 1978.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) on the field against the Los Angeles Rams in the 1979 preseason.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) tackles Wendell Tyler (No. 26) while Cecil Johnson (No. 56) watches.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) against the Atlanta Falcons in 1978.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) calls defensive signals in 1982.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) in 1978.
Mark Cotney (No. 33, on the ground) drops a would-be interception on a pass intended for M.L. Harris (No. 83).
Mark Cotney (No. 33) on the field after he helped Dewey Selmon (No. 61) tackle Sammy White (No. 85), Rickey Young (No. 34) and Bob Tucker (No. 38) are on the field. Mike Wood (No. 5), John Turner (No. 27), Phil Wise (No. 29), and Jeff Siemon (No. 50) are on the sidelines.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) zeroes in on Don Woods (No. 47), while Ron Singleton (No. 67), John Ayers (No. 68), Keith Farnhorst (No. 71), Dave Pear (No. 76), and Randy Cross (No. 51).
Mark Cotney (No. 33) smack tacks Ken MacAfee (No. 81) with Mike Rae (No. 15) on the sidelines.
Mark Cotney (No. 33) tackles Roosevelt Leaks (No. 48), with the help of Danny Reece (No. 46). Dewey Selmon (No. 61) tries to get in on the tackle while Council Rudolph (No. 78) is on the ground.