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Al Benecick bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Al Benecick

Playing Career

Saskatchewan Roughriders
1959 - 1968

Edmonton Eskimos

Awards and Honours

All-Western Offensive Tackle
1963 (1)

All-Western Offensive Guard
1964 - 1966 (3)

All-Canadian Offensive Guard
1964 - 1966 (3)

Grey Cup Participation
1966, 1967 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1966 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Plaza of Honour in 1991.

  • The Edmonton Eskimos line coach from 1970 and 1971.

Al Benecick joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders via the Philadelphia Eagles' camp in mid-1959, following his graduation from Syracuse University.

Benecick was a tough Offensive Guard and Tackle who commanded respect from friend and foe alike. During Roughriders' drills in 1965, teammates were reluctant to line up opposite Benecick preferring to practice against a less difficult opponent.

Benecick was Saskatchewan's nominee for the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Lineman on three occasions (1964 - 1966). He appeared in the 1966 and 1967 Grey Cup, celebrating victory with the team in 1966, which was the Roughriders first ever championship. He completed his stellar career in Edmonton where he played four games before deciding to retire.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996 as a player.

Class of 1996

Al BenecickJerry CampbellBill ClarkeFrank GibsonDan Kepley

Football Reporters of Canada

Gordon CraigJP McConnell

Benecick, Al
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