January 22, 2015 / 8:39 PM / 2 years ago

Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Tommy Mason dies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Running back Tommy Mason, an 11-year veteran of the National Football League and the No. 1 overall pick in the 1961 NFL draft, has died at the age of 75, the Washington Redskins said on Thursday.

Mason, the first draft pick in Vikings franchise history, was a three-time Pro Bowler who played with the Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Redskins before retiring after the 1971 season.

"Tommy was a great teammate and valued member of the Washington Redskins and the NFL," Redskins President Bruce Allen said in a statement.

Details on Mason's death were not immediately available.

Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney

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