Lorne Benson

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Lorne Benson
Born:(1930-09-16)September 16, 1930
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died: April 3, 2012(2012-04-03) (aged 81)
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.

Fullback (gridiron football) position in American or Canadian football

A fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield in American and Canadian football, and is one of the two running back positions along with the halfback. Typically, fullbacks are larger than halfbacks and in most offensive schemes their duties are split between power running, pass catching, and blocking for both the quarterback and the other running back.

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

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]

The Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy is a Canadian Football League award, given to the most outstanding Canadian player in the West Division. Each team nominates a player for this award, from which the winner is chosen. Either the winner of this trophy or the winner of the Lew Hayman Trophy will also win the Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Canadian award.

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]

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