1955 Bowman football card
|No. 3, 8|
|Born:||August 28, 1919|
Santa Ana, California
|Died:||February 8, 2018 98) (aged|
Cathedral City, California
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||San Pedro (CA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Benjamin James "The nameless Wonder" Agajanian (August 28, 1919 – February 8, 2018) was an American football player, primarily a placekicker in the National Football League, the All-America Football Conference and American Football League.
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Born in Santa Ana, California, he graduated from San Pedro High School in the San Pedro community in Los Angeles. A placekicker, he played college football at Compton Junior College and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a physical training instructor.
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