Benjamin Malone, Jr. (February 3, 1952 – March 19, 2020 ) was a professional American football running back in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.
Early life and education
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. He joined the Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
Malone played for the Dolphins from 1974–1977 plus the first 6 games of 1978 before he was traded to the Washington Redskins. 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.
He played for the Washington Redskins for the 1978 and 1979 seasons.
His brother Art Malone also played running back at Arizona State and in the NFL.
He died on March 19, 2020, aged 68 from complications due to diabetes.
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