American Football Database
American Football Database
Ben Roderick
No. 5 (1923 Canton)
  • 2 (1923 Buffalo)
  • 20 (1926)
  • 11 (1927)[1]
Fullback, tailback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1899-05-11)May 11, 1899
Place of birth: Navarre, Ohio
Date of death: November 30, 1974(1974-11-30) (aged 75)
Place of death: Canton, Ohio
Career information
College: Boston College University, Columbia University, Wooster College
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Canton Bulldogs (1920)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at
Stats at

Benjamin Aaron Roderick (May 11, 1899 – November 30, 1974) was a professional American football player during the early years of the National Football League (NFL) with the Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldogs and Buffalo Bisons. Roderick won an NFL championship with the Canton Bulldogs in 1923.[2] He also played for Cleveland Tigers, while playing in the American Professional Football Association, the organization that later became the NFL.[3]

College football

In 1922, Roderick transferred from Columbia University to Boston College. His teammate at Columbia, Sam Dana, who became the longest surviving NFL alumnus in 2003, referred to Roderick as "a sweetheart of a player". Dana later adopted Roderick's style of running.[4]

Korean War

Roderick was one of 226 NFL personnel who served in the military during the Korean War.[5]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ohio Northern Polar Bears (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1924–1925)
1924 Ohio Northern 4–3–1 3–3–1 T–10th
1925 Ohio Northern 3–4–1 2–4–1 16th
Ohio Northern: 7–7–2 5–7–2
Total: 7–7–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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