Lorne Benson

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Lorne Benson
Date of birth (1930-09-16)September 16, 1930
Place of birth Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of death April 3, 2012(2012-04-03) (aged 81)
Place of death Innisfail, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) FB
College none - Weston Wildcats (Jr.)
Career history
As player
19511955 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
Awards 1952 - Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy

Lorne "Boom Boom" Benson (September 16, 1930 – April 3, 2012) was an award winning fullback who played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1951 to 1955.

Benson first played in 1951, but nonetheless won the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy for Canadian rookie of the year in the west in 1952 on the strength of his 491 rushing yards.[1] He rushed for a career high 561 yards in 1953 and finished, after 5 years with the Blue Bombers, with 1671 rushing yards and 31 pass receptions, for 11 TDs.[2]

He holds the CFL record for most points in a playoff game with 30 and most touchdowns in a playoff game with six. Both records were set on Oct. 28, 1953 against Saskatchewan.[3]

Benson died April 3, 2012, 81 years old, and is survived by his wife Betty of 62 years, five children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CFLAPEDIA entry: Lorne Benson
  2. ^ Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni
  3. ^ 2009 CFL Record Book
  4. ^ [1] Winnipeg Free Press Obituaries : Lorne Benson