Tommy Mason
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Mason in the Oval Office in 1975
No. 20
Position:Running back
Personal information
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.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Charles (LA)
NFL draft:1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
AFL draft:1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:4,203
Rushing average:4
Rushing touchdowns:32
Receiving yards:2,324
Receiving touchdowns:13
Player stats at PFR

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

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 NFL season, 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. He did not officially announce his retirement until June 8, 1973.[2]


Mason ranks ninth in total rushing yards and ninth in rushing touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings.[3]

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 was a 1976 graduate of the Western State College of Law.[4] He died in hospice care at Newport Beach, California on January 22, 2015.[5]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ McGowen, Deane. "People in Sports: Shue Steps Out," The New York Times, Saturday, June 9, 1973. Retrieved November 30, 2020
  3. ^ "The Most Powerful Research Tools in Sports". Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  4. ^ Western State College of Law Alumni Highlights, Spring 2015 (information on page 15). Retrieved November 30, 2020
  5. ^ Notice of death of Tommy Mason,; accessed January 26, 2015.