"The entire Minnesota Vikings organization is saddened by the loss of Tommy Mason. As the team's first-ever draft pick, Tommy played a significant role in the history of the franchise. After spending six seasons with the team, he remained a part of the Vikings family, appearing at multiple events over the past several decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mason family at this time." – Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf
"Tommy was an enormous talent. He was a great player, a humble man and an outstanding teammate. I will always cherish the years I spent with Tommy." – Vikings Hall of Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
"Tommy was as complete of a running back as they come. Because of injuries, Tommy did not have the career that he wanted to have but he was a very talented, hard-running, slashing player. He'll always be remembered as one of the original Vikings. He will be sorely missed." – Team Historian and long-time Athletic Trainer Fred Zamberletti
Mason was the first-ever draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings. Taken 1st overall in the 1961 NFL draft out of Tulane, Mason was with the Vikings from 1961-1966. Mason was a 3-time Pro Bowler (1962-1964) with the Vikings and was the 1st All-Pro player the team had in 1963. He would later play for the Los Angeles Rams (1967-1970) before finishing his 11-year NFL career with the Washington Redskins (1971).
Mason was born on July 8, 1939 in Lake Charles, LA. He was 75 years old.