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Bruce Bennett (Canadian football)

Bruce Bennett
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Bennett from 1965 Seminole yearbook
Date of birth: 1944 (age 70–71)
Place of birth: Valdosta, Georgia
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): Safety
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
College: Florida
High school: Valdosta (GA)
As player:
19661972 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1969
CFL West All-Star: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

Lamar Bruce Bennett, Jr. (c. 1944) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bennett played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. Thereafter, he played professionally for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Bibliography 6

Early years

Bennett was born in Valdosta High School, and played quarterback for the Valdosta Wildcats high school football team. As a junior in 1960, he led the Wildcats to a 20–14 victory over Avondale High School in the Georgia state championship game. Bennett ran for a touchdown, threw for another, and ran for a third with twenty-nine seconds remaining to win the game. As a senior in 1961, he was recognized as a high school All-American.

College career

Bennett accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the

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  1. ^ a b c 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 76, 79, 87, 143, 158, 176 (2012). Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Buddy Martin, " Bennett Leads Gators To Victory," Ocala Star-Banner, p. 25 (November 10, 1963). Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  3. ^ United Press International, " Bennett Is All-America," St. Petersburg Times, p. 1-C (December 3, 1965). Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Tom McEwen, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama, p. 305 (1974).
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, " No. 38 Bruce Bennett," The Gainesville Sun (July 27, 2006). Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e, Players A–Z, Bruce Bennett. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  8. ^ a b, Team History, All-Time Leaders in Saskatchewan Roughrider History. Retrieved December 17, 2011.


See also

Bennett joined the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966, and participated in the team's 29–10 Grey Cup victory over Ottawa.[7] He played for the Roughriders from 1966 to 1972, and became one of the league's top safeties.[7] He also was the team's go-to "good hands" player for onside kicks.[7] He registered career highs of eight interceptions in both 1969 and 1971.[7] In seven CFL seasons, Bennett played in 112 games, and totaled thirty-five interceptions (including two he returned for touchdowns), and 606 return yards.[8] His career interception total still ranks third on the Roughriders' all-time list.[8] Bennett's teammates selected him as the team captain four times, and he earned six Western Conference All-Star selections (1967–1972) and one CFL All-Star selection (1969).[7]

Professional career

Bennett graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in 1968, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[5] In a 2006 article series published by The Gainesville Sun, the Sun sports editors rated him as the No. 38 all-time greatest Gator from the first 100 years of Florida football.[6]

[4] Ray Graves rated Bennett as the Gators' best free safety of the 1960s.[3][1] in 1965.All-American (SEC) selection in 1964 and 1965, and a United Press International first-team Southeastern Conference, the Gators' first-ever New Year's Day bowl. He was a first-team All-1966 Sugar Bowl team that finished 7–3 and earned a berth in the 1965 Gators He was the senior defensive team captain of the [2][1]

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