Tommy Mason

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Tommy Mason
No. 20
Born:(1939-07-08)July 8, 1939
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Died:January 22, 2015(2015-01-22) (aged 75)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Running back
AFL draft1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
NFL draft1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
As player
1961–1966Minnesota Vikings
1967–1970Los Angeles Rams
1971Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls3 (1962–64)
Career stats

Thomas Cyril Mason (July 8, 1939 – January 22, 2015) was an American football running back in the National Football League.

College career[edit]

Mason played college football for Tulane University.

  • 1959: 10 Games – 81 carries for 336 yards. 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 TD.[1]
  • 1960: 10 Games – 120 carries for 663 yards. 28 catches for 376 yards and 5 TD.

Professional career[edit]

Mason was selected first overall by the expansion Minnesota Vikings in the 1961 NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Vikings, he rushed for 3,252 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. In 1967, he was signed by the Los Angeles Rams. He played with the Rams for four years, but accumulated only four touchdowns and less than 900 yards. He finished his career with the Washington Redskins in 1971 before retiring.


Mason ranks seventh in total rushing yards and sixth in rushing touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mason was married to Rita Ridinger in the mid 1960s. He married gymnast Cathy Rigby in 1972. They were divorced in 1981. Mason married Louise England in 1987, they divorced in 1994. He married Karen Kay Mason, in 1999. He died in hospice care at Newport Beach, California on January 22, 2015.[2]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Notice of death of Tommy Mason,; accessed January 26, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Profile,; accessed January 26, 2015.