Darren Benson

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Darren Benson
No. 91
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-25-08) January 8, 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Craigmont High School
College: Trinity Valley Community College
Debuted in 1995
Last played in 1997
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Darren L. Benson (born August 25, 1974) was a former professional defensive tackle in the National Football League. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1995 Supplemental Draft.

Early years[edit]

Benson attended Craigmont High School where he played as a defensive lineman. He accepted a scholarship to Arkansas State University and although he attended classes, he never played a game because of grades.[1] In 1993, he transferred to Trinity Valley Community College. He played a key role in the undefeated (12-0) 1994 NJCA Championship team. In his two years, he registered 109 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 21 sacks.

Professional career[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys thought Benson had the athletic potential to develop into a Leon Lett type player and selected him in the third-round of the 1995 Supplemental Draft, surrendering by rule an equivalent pick in the 1996 NFL Draft.[2] As a 20 year old rookie he was deactivated during the first half of the 1995 season, until injuries in the defensive line gave him a chance to have a reserve role throughout the second half of the season.

In 1996, he was having problems adjusting to the professional game and decided to quit the team during mini-camp.[3] After he was convinced to return, he suffered torn anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee and was placed on the injured reserve.[4]

In 1998 he was lost for the season in training camp, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.[5] He tried to come back in 1999, but was released before the season started.[6]


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