Ben Zambiasi
Date of birth: (1956-08-19) August 19, 1956 (age 63)
Place of birth: Valdosta, Georgia, United States
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 10 / Pick 271
(By the Chicago Bears)
 As player:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985
CFL East All-Star: 1978-1982, 1984-1986
Awards: 1978 Frank M. Gibson Trophy
1979 CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
2004 Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2004

Benjamin Ray Zambiasi (born August 19, 1956) was a linebacker for the University of Georgia and in the Canadian Football League.

Zambiasi was born in Valdosta, Georgia, and played for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1974 to 1977.[1] While at Georgia Zambiasi led the Bulldogs with 467 career tackles tackling 173 in 1977.[2] He later graduated from the University of Georgia in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree. He was drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears in the 10th round, 271st overall, in 1978, but ended up coming to Canada after training camp.

Zambiasi played 10 years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1978 to 1987) and one year with the Toronto Argonauts (1988).[1][3] He played in 4 Grey Cup games winning one championship in the 74th Grey Cup. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 1979 and was an all star 8 times.[4] He was selected to the University of Georgia Bulldogs' Team of the Century and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Wall of Honour in 2002. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ben Zambiasi". Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.
  2. "Zambiasi Dogs SEC Legend".
  3. Mark Harding (September 30, 1988). "How Ben Zambiasi became an Argo Pitch for a job coincided with Landry's vanishing". Toronto Star.
  4. "Ben Zambiasi". CFLapedia.
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