Tommy Mason

For the New Zealand footballer (soccer player), see Tommy Mason (footballer).
Tommy Mason
No. 20
Date of birth (1939-07-08)July 8, 1939
Place of birth Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of death January 22, 2015(2015-01-22) (aged 75)
Place of death Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Tulane
AFL draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
(By the Boston Patriots)
NFL draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
As player
1961–1966 Minnesota Vikings
1967–1970 Los Angeles Rams
1971 Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 3 (1962–64)
Career stats

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

College career

Mason played college football for Tulane University.

Professional career

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 Vikings.


Mason 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.

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