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Benjamin Malone, Jr. (born February 3, 1952) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.

Benny Malone
No. 32, 25
Born: (1952-02-03) February 3, 1952 (age 67)
Tyler, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Running back
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg)
CollegeArizona State
NFL draft1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
As player
1974–1978Miami Dolphins
1978–1979Washington Redskins
Career stats
Rushing attempts706
Rushing yards2693
Rushing touchdowns19

Early life and educationEdit

Malone grew up in Eloy, Arizona and attended Santa Cruz Valley Union High School.


He played college football at Arizona State and was drafted in the second round (47th overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

At Arizona State in 1971 he ran for 857 yards and 4 TD while averaging 8.2 yards per carry. 1973 he ran for 1,129 yards and 15 TD while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.[1] He joined the Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[2]

Malone played for the Dolphins from 1974-1977 plus the first 6 games of 1978 before he was traded to the Washington Redskins.[3] For his Miami career, Malone carried the ball 503 times totaling 2,129 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. His most significant contribution came in the 1974 Divisional Playoff game at the Oakland Raiders. Playing for the injured Mercury Morris, Malone ran for 83 yards on 14 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run with 2:08 remaining that appeared to give Miami the win. But the Raiders scored with :26 left. The TD play became known as the "Sea of Hands" catch.[4][5]

He played for the Washington Redskins for the 1978 and 1979 seasons.[6]

His brother Art Malone also played running back at Arizona State and in the NFL.[7]


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  2. ^ "asu-football-great-art-malone-dies-at-64". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  3. ^ "Former NFL running back Art Malone dies at 64". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  4. ^ "The Sea of Hands Game". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  5. ^ "Miami Dolphins All Time Depth Chart - Running Back #4". The Phinsider. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  6. ^ "Benny Malone". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
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