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Ben King (American football player)

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Ben King was an American football player in the 1960s. He was a standout fullback from Long Island, N.Y., where he was an All-American high school player. In 1966 he was admitted to Iowa State on an athletic scholarship, where he majored in physical education and was Iowa States leading rusher in 1967 and 1968. King was also the first black student to be offered membership in a social fraternity at Iowa State, (Alpha Sigma Phi). This was at the peak of the civil rights movement. Administrators feared a negative reaction that would create problems on campus, but King was widely accepted on campus and in the fraternity.[1] [2] After college, he played one season in the Continental Football League for the Spokane Shockers, until the league folded after the 1969 season.[3] Ben had 663 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns in his single season in Spokane including a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. [4]

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