Duane Benson

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Duane Benson
No. 50, 51, 52
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-08-05) August 5, 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth: Belmond, Iowa
Career information
College: Hamline
NFL draft: 1967 / Round: 11 / Pick: 280
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played - started: 121 - 11
Interceptions: 3
Fumble recoveries: 3
Stats at NFL.com

Dean Duane Benson (born August 5, 1945 in Belmond, Iowa) is a former American football linebacker and politician. He played college football at Hamline University. He played professionally in American Football League for the Oakland Raiders (1967–1969) and in the National Football League for the Raiders (1970–1971), the Atlanta Falcons (1972–1973), and the Houston Oilers (1974–1976).

Benson is a charter member of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, created in 2012 to oversee construction of the state's new professional football stadium. He was the executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1994 to 2003. Benson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1980 to 1994 and was the Senate Minority Leader for a period during that time.

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