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Daved Benefield
Date of birth: February 16, 1968 (1968-02-16) (age 41)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): LB/DE
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
College: Cal State Northridge
 As player:
Ottawa Rough Riders
British Columbia Lions
San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
British Columbia Lions
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1994, 1999, 2003
Records: 5 quarterback sacks against the Birmingham Barracudas
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Daved Benefield (born February 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football player who played thirteen seasons in the CFL for five different teams. He also was a backup at linebacker and defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers in 1996.



Benefield was born was born on Friday, February 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, California. As a youngster growing up in Souther California, he surfed at Newport and Zuma south of Los Angeles. He attended California State University Northridge, where was an All-WFC linebacker. Benefield was signed by Edmonton as a free agent in Nov. 1990. The Eskimos released him in July '91, and he signed with the Los Angeles Wings of the Arena Football League in April of 1992. He was signed as a free agent by the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Roughriders in June of 1992. Benefield began his CFL career with the Ottawa Roughriders as an outside linebacker. He became a starting linebacker in 1992 during his rookie season. In his first CFL game on August 19th 1992, Benefield recorded two quarterback sacks, two tackles for losses and seven tackles total, earning player-of-the-game honors. In 1994, he was named a CFL East Division All-Star, with 38 tackles and nine sacks. In March of 1995, Benefield signed as a free agent with the BC Lions, where Dave Ritchie, who served as defensive coordinator for the Roughriders during Benefield's rookie season had become head coach. The deal was a two-year contract, reportedly for a $10,000 raise over his 1994 salary of $55,000. In 1995, Benefield tied a CFL record with five sacks in a game against the Birmingham Barracudas. In April of 1996, Benefield signed with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He impressed the 49ers early on in pre-season games, with excellent coverage on special teams. He was also a nickel defensive end on passing downs. In 1997, when Benefield returned to the CFL, there was a bidding was for his services between several teams. He eventually returned to the BC Lions.

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