Favorite Player? My Ass Tice #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett

Ever had someone tell you how much they like you? That you were their wife’s favorite player? But, they never included you in the game plan?  Well, that was me in 2012 as part of the Mike Tice regime. Man, did I want OUT! 

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Every other day Coach Tice would approach me with a grin like the Grinch. Never really asked me about my feelings about the playbook, upcoming opponents or how was I doing. His first comment would be, “You know you’re my wife’s favorite player.” 

First, how random is that? There was Rex Ryan’s wife’s infatuation for Mark Sanchez. But, Mark was the quarterback. So at least he had some say so in the game plan. I found myself being on the outside of every game plan despite being his wife’s favorite player. 

The constant “you’re my wife’s favorite player,” and lack of being a part of the game plan had me wanting a damn trade. Listen, I don’t care how much your wife adores my skills on the field, I just wanted the damn ball man. You could have kept the small talk to yourself and let my play do the talking on the field. I’m sure after a dismal season she was no longer my fan and perhaps looking for a favorite play caller too.


Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

Earl B. Bennett is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played six seasons with the Chicago Bears.