In 1917 Ben Lee Boynton achieved the distinction of being the first Texan to be named an All-American. At the time, he was an 18-year old sophomore at Williams College in Williamson, Mass. Boynton, a triple-threat quarterback from Waco, led the Williams College football team to an undefeated season in 1917. Boynton was named to the All-America team, an honor he achieved again in 1919. As a senior and captain in 1920, he was the nation's leading scorer with 141 points and he tied an all-time record of 110 yards for the longest scoring run. Boynton played four seasons of professional football (1921-1924) with the Rochester Jeffersons, Washington Senators and Buffalo Bisons before serving as a football official in the Southwest Conference. Boynton was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1962 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1965.

Ben Lee Boynton

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