Tommy Mason

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

Tommy Mason
No. 20
Born:July 8, 1939
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Died:January 22, 2015 (aged 75)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Running back
AFL draft1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
(By the Boston Patriots)
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

College career

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

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.

Personal life

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

  • Profile,; accessed January 26, 2015.
1960 All-SEC football team

The 1960 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1960 college football season.

1961 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1961 season was the Minnesota Vikings' first in the National Football League after being created as an expansion franchise. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 3–11 record. The team's first ever regular season game was a 37–13 victory against their divisional rivals, the Chicago Bears; in that game, rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to toss four touchdown passes and run for another.

The Vikings' defense surrendered 5.41 rushing yards per attempt in 1961, the fifth-most of all time.

1961 NFL season

The 1961 NFL season was the 42nd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). The league expanded to 14 teams with the addition of the Minnesota Vikings, after the team's owners declined to be charter members of the new American Football League. The schedule was also expanded from 12 games per team to 14 games per team. The Vikings were placed in the Western Conference, and the Dallas Cowboys were switched from the Western Conference to the Eastern. The addition of the Vikings returned the NFL to an even number of teams (and eliminated the bye week of 1960).

The season ended when the Green Bay Packers shut out the New York Giants 37–0 in the 1961 NFL Championship Game.

1962 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1962 season was the Minnesota Vikings' second in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 2–11–1 record that still stands as the franchise's worst season record in terms of winning percentage, both by today's standards (.179) and at the time (.154), when ties weren't counted as games played. The Vikings have won at least three games in every season since.

1963 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press National Football League's All-Pro Team in 1963.

Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

1963 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1963 season was the Minnesota Vikings' third in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 5–8–1 record. Five wins in a season represented the most in the franchise's three-year history. 22-year-old Paul Flatley of Northwestern University was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year, a first for the fledgling franchise.

1965 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1965 season was the Minnesota Vikings' fifth in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm van Brocklin, the team finished with a 7–7 record.

1965 Pro Bowl

The 1965 Pro Bowl was the NFL's fifteenth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1964 season. The game was played on January 10, 1965, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 60,698. The coaches for the game were Don Shula of Baltimore Colts for the West and Blanton Collier of Cleveland Browns for the East. The West team won by a final score was 34–14.The West dominated the East, 411 to 187 in total yards. West quarterback Fran Tarkenton of the Minnesota Vikings was named "Back of the Game" after he completed 8 of 13 passes for 172 yards. At one point during the game, the West backfield was all-Vikings: Tarkenton (No. 10), Tommy Mason (No. 20), and Bill Brown (No. 30).

"Lineman of the Game" honors went to the West’s Terry Barr of the Detroit Lions; Barr had 106 yards receiving on three receptions.Frank Ryan, the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns' who had defeated the Baltimore Colts in the 1964 NFL Championship Game, was knocked out of the Pro Bowl when he was sacked in the third quarter by a group of defenders including the Colts' Gino Marchetti. Some thought that Marchetti, who was playing in his tenth Pro Bowl, was trying to teach Ryan a lesson for considering running up the score against the Colts in the championship game. Marchetti denied this, and he and Ryan remained on good terms.

2009–10 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Oklahoma Sooners men's basketball team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Jeff Capel, who was in his fourth year with the school. The team played its home games at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK with a capacity of 11,528 and are members of the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners finished the season 13–18, 4–12 in Big 12 play and lost in the first round of the 2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament. They finished the season on a nine-game losing streak. All wins were subsequently vacated due to use of an ineligible player, Keith "Tiny" Gallon, who had received impermissible benefits.>

List of Minnesota Vikings first-round draft picks

The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1961. The Vikings' first draft selection as an NFL team was Tommy Mason, a running back from Tulane University. The team's most recent first-round selection is Mike Hughes, a cornerback from Central Florida.

Every April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with team with the worst record picking first, the team with the second-worst record picking second, and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks last, and the Super Bowl loser always picks second-last. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Vikings have selected number one overall twice. The Vikings received the first pick in 1961 as an expansion franchise and then again in 1968 when the franchise chose Ron Yary, an offensive tackle from the University of Southern California. The Vikings have used first-round selections on players from the University of Southern California five times, Michigan State University four times, and from the University of Notre Dame, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State University and Florida State University three times. The Vikings have drafted 10 running backs, the most common position drafted by the franchise, followed by defensive end (9), defensive tackle (8), offensive tackle (7) and linebacker (7). Six eventual Hall of Famers have been selected by the Vikings in the first-round: Carl Eller, Alan Page, Chris Doleman, Randall McDaniel, Ron Yary, and Randy Moss.

List of Tulane Green Wave football All-Americans

The Tulane Green Wave football team, representing Tulane University in the sport of American football since 1893, has had 19 players named first-team All-Americans. This includes two players who earned the distinction twice, and one player who was a unanimous selection.

List of Tulane Green Wave players in the NFL Draft

The Tulane Green Wave football team, representing Tulane University, has had 136 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. This includes four players taken in the first round, and one overall number one pick, Tommy Mason in 1961.Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).Before 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.Notably, this list does not include undrafted Tulane players that have played for the NFL (such as Rob Kelley or Cairo Santos).

Minnesota Vikings draft history

This page is a list of the Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Vikings participated in was the 1961 NFL Draft, in which they made Tommy Mason of Tulane their first ever selection.

Minnesota Vikings statistics

The Minnesota Vikings is an American football franchise based in Minneapolis. The team was established in 1961 and is part of the National Football League's NFC North division. Since then, the team has taken part in the NFL playoffs 29 times, reaching four Super Bowls in 1970, 1974, 1975 and 1977.

This list encompasses the major records set by the team, its coaches and its players. The players section of this page lists the individual records for passing, rushing and receiving, as well as selected defensive records. The team has had three full-time home stadiums since its establishment – Metropolitan Stadium, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and U.S. Bank Stadium; attendance records, both home and away, are included on this page.

Tommy Mason-Griffin

Thomas "Tommy" Mason-Griffin (born September 29, 1990) is an American former basketball player. Mason-Griffin usually played as point guard. He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Tommy Mason (English footballer)

Thomas Herbert Andrew Mason (born 20 February 1953) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Tommy Mason (New Zealand footballer)

Tommy Mason is a former association football player who represented New Zealand at international level.Mason made his full New Zealand debut in a 0–1 loss to Israel on 3 March 1989 and ended his international playing career with four official A-international caps to his credit, his final cap an appearance in a 2–0 win over Taiwan on 20 March 1988.After ending his playing career, Mason turned to football management and managed Football Kingz in the Australian National Soccer League for a short period.


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