Riders Plaza of Honour member, defensive back Bruce Bennett passes away at 77 years old

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Former Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Bruce Bennett passed away recently at the age of 77.

Bennett joined the Riders in 1966 and helped the franchise win the first Grey Cup in team history that year. He played seven seasons in Saskatchewan, his last in 1972, and earned six West Division all-star selections and one at the league level in 1969.

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The Georgia native ranks third on the Riders all-time interceptions list with 35 which he returned for 606 yards. The University of Florida graduate has the record for longest interception return in green and white history, taking one back 112 yards against the Calgary Stampeders in August 1972.

“The thing about the Roughriders is that we were kind of a family. We were a closely knit group of players. After games, we’d all get together at somebody’s house and celebrate the victories or cry over the defeats. It was a good relationship there. Those are things you remember. It was a good career, and I couldn’t have picked a better one,” Bennett told The Regina Leader-Post in 2006.

Bennett was inducted into the Riders Plaza of Honour in 1991.