Author Archives: Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

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

Martz NFC Championship Playcall #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett There are some plays I love to revisit. On the other hand there are some I prefer not to remember. Thinking about the NFC Championship loss haunts me every time I think about football. Then, there is always the fan who asks, “Why did Mike Martz give you the reverse on 3rd down?” It makes me cringe. I am not known for my speed. I’m known as an intellectual football player who played with a high IQ. I am not a burner. That has never been my thing. However, I displayed toughness breaking tackles and making something out of nothing. On 3rd and three, on GB 27-yard …
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Ping Pong List #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett If there was one game in the locker room that caused controversy, it was sure to be ping pong. There were so many guys that would play and self-proclaim themselves the best, but I’ve decided to stir the pot a little. I am a subpar player, but I have seen my share of good and great players on the ping pong tables. Of course all skill players think they are the best. Some defensive players were aggressive, I blame their human nature (sarcasm). The wide receivers/ running backs were more finesse. I decided to compile a list of top players in the locker room. This list will …
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Chicago Bears Started IG Thursday #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett A locker room full of swag and confidence transferred over to social media. Members of the 2013 Chicago Bears found a way to have fun despite the change in management and coaching staff. In 2012, Instagram was purchased by Facebook and more users began to utilize the platform. Professional entertainers, athletes and society began flocking to create an account. In the Bears locker room, freestyle Friday was shut down by the new coaching staff, so we had to find alternatives to celebrate and have fun. Most guys joined Instagram and then the fun began. Thursday practices were always a lot of running. We ran third down and …
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My Bad, Cutler #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett In the locker room, when certain things occur, you know that those things are sacred. Marital discord, financial restraints all fall under that category. However, when news of a baby circulates, it is a congratulatory ordeal. Well, unfortunately for me, I did not know that the sex of a teammate’s child was only a locker room secret.    After an offseason practice, I interviewed on The Boers & Bernstein 670 Show. The interview was smooth as Boers & Bernstein asked me about the addition of Brandon Marshall and the news of Cutler’s child. I responded with “New toys, a baby on the way, he’s having a boy …
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Adrian Peterson Almost Broke My Hand #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett While enjoying my 26th birthday at a club in Chicago, I received a text from Tommie Harris. Tommie texted that Adrian Peterson was in the city and wanted to attend my birthday party. The reigning league MVP was more than welcome to come hang out and partake in the festivities, so I texted Tommie back, “Of course.” Playing against the Vikings and watching Adrian put pressure on our defense was always fun to watch. The force and aggression he runs with make him one of my favorite running backs ever to watch. The evidence of strength was known by the way he broke tackles and picked up …
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Martellus Never Backs Down #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett During my rookie year, I ran into Martellus at the combine. Sharing the same last name we tried to connect the dots and see if we were related. He is from Houston and I had family who lived there, but we were not able to successfully connect the dots. Nevertheless, we stayed in close contact and would chat throughout the season. When he signed with the Bears in the offseason of 2013, I knew we were getting a solid no nonsense, player who never backed down.    Martellus immediately gelled with the team. His personality and wit made him one of the more popular guys in the …
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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. 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 …
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Spice Adams Locker Room Shenanigans #StoryTimeWithEarl

My favorite Spice moment was recording him stepping in the locker room. Friday practices were always good days. Coach Lovie Smith called the “Fast Fridays.” You practiced for an hour in shells and helmets. Atomic Dog by George Clinton blasted through the speakers in the locker room. Spice, a member of Omega Psi Phi (Que Dog) heard the song, which is an anthem for the fraternity, and started stepping. This was not your ordinary step you would witness in the yard. This was like the movie Stomp the Yard mixed with You Got Served with a “Spice.” I had the pleasure of being the cameraman. It was never a dull …
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Who Slapped Hunter? #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett The locker room during my tenure in Chicago was special. Vets took care of the younger guys, and the coaches were all respectful (for the most part). Occasionally there were instances or situations that would arise, and this particular time it was a conflict between Hunter and Olin.  Saturday’s were typically walk thru’s that spanned 30-45 min. Special teams would run thru their plays, with offense and defense following. Nothing out of the ordinary on this particular day — just a refresher before the game. All of a sudden, as we were breaking it down to go change and prepare to head downtown, a commotion occurred.    I was positioned …
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Cutler is Golden at Trash Talk #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Trash talk is universal. What makes trash talk golden? Some guys dig and find out serious information, while others just state the obvious. The NFL field has its own unwritten rules. But, stating the obvious was always one route to go. Jay Cutler rarely talked trash. However, when opposing defenders decided to chime in on his play he never faltered. The obvious instance of DeAngelo Hall with the multiple interceptions and Cutler’s feud with Phillip Rivers are prime examples of how he never backed away from good trash talking on the field. However, it was playing against Detroit when I heard one of the slickest remarks by …
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