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Benny Lee Boynton


Ben Lee Boynton

Inducted 1962

Date of Birth



Waco, TX


Williams College (1919-1920)

Williams College (1917-1917)


Ben Lee Boynton is Williams College's most famous football player. In his varsity career he engineered Williams to a record of 18 wins, five loses and one tie. The 1917 team was undefeated, upsetting larger schools such as Cornell and Columbia. Benny was a swift, elusive, strong-armed passer who won consensus All-America recognition in 1917, 1919 and first-team status in 1920. In 1920, he led the Williams offense to some impressive scores. Against Wesleyan the Ephs scored 50 points, against Trinity 62, RPI gave up 63, and Hamilton yielded 82. After his collegiate career he signed with the Rochester Jeffersons of the National Football League. The Jeffs paid him $250 a game, tops for the day. Known as "The Purple Streak," in one game he sailed headfirst over a defensive lineman's head, landed neatly on his neck and shoulders, bounced quickly to his feet and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.


Height 5'9

Weight 163

Career Highlights

  • 1920 First Team All-America
  • 1919 Consensus All-America
  • 1917 Consensus All-America
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