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January 11, 2018

Lions Bring Back Benson

Mike Benson (40) of the BC Lions before the game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON., on Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

The BC Lions Football Club today announced that national long-snapper Mike Benson has signed a two-year contract through the 2019 season. Benson was eligible to become a free agent in February.

The Acadia University grad wrapped up his fourth season as a Lion in 2017 seeing action in all 18 regular season games for a third-straight campaign and extending his consecutive games-played streak to 63. Recording one special teams tackle on the year, Mike’s highlight of the season came against the Edmonton Eskimos in October when he scooped-up a fumbled punt and recorded his first career touchdown.

Mikes consistent play often times goes unnoticed, but hes been a very big part of the success of punters Ty Long and Richie Leone who were CFL All-Stars the past three seasons,” said head coach Wally Buono. “Special teams is critical part of the game and keeping Mike is an important signing for our team.”