Eyes Wide Open #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett

At times, the life of a football player can be stressful and cumbersome. Body fatigue and the long season makes it easy to take a quick nap anywhere, anytime. But, you need to be careful about where you fall asleep.

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The receivers were cool and typically took care of each other.  Of course when an opportunity presented itself to snap a photo, we took full advantage. From sleeping in the locker room to the bus before a flight, guys typically slept. One of the best moments captured was when I snapped Johnny Knox just moments after he took a photo of another player.

Johnny and I laughed about the photo he had taken. Who knew he would fall asleep shortly after. I mean literally, five minutes after taking the photo of the other player he was asleep. I kindly took my phone out and snapped him. After showing it to him before our flight, he casually grinned and said, “I thought we were friends.”

Sleep pranks are not fun. You never know who’s watching or what guy is looking to catch you slipping. Even a hoodie can’t save you. Sleep is essential, but in the NFL it comes with photographic evidence, especially around teammates.

Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

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