|Born:||July 8, 1939|
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died:||January 22, 2015 (aged 75)|
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|AFL draft||1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2|
(By the Boston Patriots)
|NFL draft||1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1|
|1967–1970||Los Angeles Rams|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Pro Bowls||3 (1962–64)|
- 1959: 10 Games – 81 carries for 336 yards. 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 TD.
- 1960: 10 Games – 120 carries for 663 yards. 28 catches for 376 yards and 5 TD.
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, 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 before retiring.
Mason ranks seventh in total rushing yards and sixth in rushing touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings.
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 died in hospice care at Newport Beach, California on January 22, 2015.