|Born:||August 25, 1974|
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||308 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Craigmont (TN)|
|Supplemental draft:||1995 / Round: 3|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Darren L. Benson (born August 25, 1974) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1995 Supplemental Draft. He played college football at Trinity Valley Community College.
Benson attended Craigmont High School where he played as a defensive tackle. He accepted a football scholarship from Arkansas State University and although he attended classes, he never played a game because of grades.
In 1993, he transferred to Trinity Valley Community College, registering 82 tackles and 10 sacks, while contributing to a 10-1 team record. He played a key role in the undefeated (12-0) 1994 NJCA Championship team, posting 109 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 21 sacks during the season.
The Dallas Cowboys thought Benson had the athletic potential to develop into a Leon Lett type player and selected him in the third-round (1st overall) of the 1995 Supplemental Draft, surrendering by rule an equivalent pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. As a 20-year-old rookie he was deactivated during the first half of the 1995 season, until injuries on the defensive line gave him a chance to have a reserve role throughout the second half of the season. Including pairing with Lett on the field goal rush team.
In 1996, he was having problems adjusting to the professional game and decided to quit the team during mini-camp. After he was convinced to return, he suffered torn anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during a practice and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 20. The next year he was deactivated in 9 games and saw action in only 6 contests.
In 1998, he was lost for the season in training camp, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He tried to come back in 1999, but was released before the season started, finishing his career with 11 tackles.
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