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William G. Benson
William G. Benson
Induction Year: 1989
Sport: Football
Graduation Year: 1960

On 31 Autumn afternoons during four years, followers of Hampden-Sydney College football cheered the talents of this 5-feet-9, 165-pound, football player wearing number 35, Billy Benson, one of the finest backs in Tiger history.  He held practically every offensive record when he left the Hill and remains the third all-time leading rusher with 2,591 career yards.

Undoubtedly, the halfback speedster was the most-honored Tiger in his time.  In the span of four years, Billy earned every award possible for a small college performer.  He made honorable mention All Little Eight as a freshman, and first team All Little Eight in each of his final three years, twice tabbed as a unanimous choice.  He was twice selected first team All Mason-Dixon.  He won the Bedford Junior Chamber of Commerce Sportsmanship Award, presented to the Old Dominion's finest small college player, and was twice voted the top performer in the Little Eight by the Virginia Sportswriters and Sportscasters.  Culminating all of these was Billy's selection to the Associated Press' Little All-America second team after his junior year.  In rolling to the Hampden-Sydney scoring record, Billy twice led the state in scoring.

Billy's speed (9.6 in the 100 and 21.5 in the 220) was his greatest asset.  He holds the Hampden-Sydney track record in both dashes. 

All All-American off the field too, Billy was a member of ODK and Who's Who, while serving on both Student Assembly and Honor Council.