Portrait of Benson from 1991
|No. 50, 51, 52|
|Born:||August 5, 1945|
|Died:||January 26, 2019 73) (aged|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Grand Meadow (MN)|
|NFL Draft:||1967 / Round: 11 / Pick: 280|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Dean Duane Benson (August 5, 1945 – January 26, 2019) was an American football linebacker and politician.
Benson played college football and track and field at Hamline University. Benson graduated from Hamline University in 1967.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 was 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 owned and operated a cattle farm outside of Lanesboro, Minnesota.
Benson served in the Minnesota Senate, as a Republican, from 1980 to 1994 and was the Senate Minority Leader for six years.
Benson died from cancer, on January 26, 2019 at the Methodist Hospital-Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.He was 73.
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