Neal Beaumont

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Neal Beaumont
Date of birth 1941 (age 75–76)
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) DB/P
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
College UBC- Vancouver Meralomas (Jr.)
Career history
As player
19601967 BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star 1964
Awards
Honors
  • 1963 B.C.Lions Most Valuable Canadian
  • 1985 Selected to B.C. Lions All Time Team.
  • 1986 Inducted B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (1964 Team)
  • 1993 Selected to B.C. Lions Dream Team
  • 2000 Honoured as Hero of the Past B.C. Lions
  • 2003 Inducted into B.C. Lions Wall of Fame
  • 2011 B.C. Football Hall of Fame
  • Grey Cup champion - 1964
Records CFL 120 yard interception return 1963- Guinness Book of World Records 1979

Neal Beaumont (born 1941) is a former award winning and Grey Cup champion defensive back and punter who played in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions from 1960 to 1967.[1]

A native of Vancouver, Beaumont earned a starting defensive halfback position with the Lions when he was 19 in 1960 and, along with 53 punt returns for 226 yards, was the winner of the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy for Canadian rookie of the year in the west. This was the first time a BC Lion had won an individual CFL player award. He would go on to play 8 seasons, intercepting 22 passes and becoming the team's leading punter(both punts and yards,) He punted 624 times for 25,607 yards.[2] He also has the longest interception return in CFL history, 120 yards for a touchdown, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on October 12, 1963.[3]

His best season was 1964, when he intercepted 5 passes, was a Western All-Star Defensive Halfback,had the best punting average in the Western Conference, 42.1 on 90 punts, led the team in kickoff returns with 19 and also returned 51 punts and added a final interception in the Lions first ever Grey Cup victory.

In total he played 123 regular season games for the Lions.[4] He was elected to the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2003.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FANBASE entry : Neal Beaumont
  2. ^ BCLions.com
  3. ^ 2011 CFL Record Book
  4. ^ BC Lions 1998 Media Guide
  5. ^ BC Lions 2009 Media Guide