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Eyes Wide Open #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   January 24th, 2020    0
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. [caption id="attachment_852" align="aligncenter" width="213"] Promo Code “Prostyle Podcast"[/caption] 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 NFL Has Its Moments But Also Has Its Setbacks #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

DJ Moore   January 22nd, 2020    0
By DJ Moore Being a part of the NFL was a great experience that I would not change for the… Read More »

Spice Adams Locker Room Shenanigans #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   January 17th, 2020    0
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Earl Bennett What it is like having “Spice” in the locker room cannot be reenacted or recreated. From front… Read More »

The Transition #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

DJ Moore   January 15th, 2020    0
By DJ Moore The quarterback snaps the ball. He drops back to throw the pass, and DJ Moore intercepts it.… Read More »

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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2019 Chicago Bears Season Recap

By Earl Bennett I recap the failed 2019 Chicago Bears 8-8 Season:

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Josh Gordon: The Battle Off The Field #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett After being released I found myself in Cleveland. A city with similar die hard fans like Chicago, thirsting for a Super Bowl. I joined a receiver corps that was led by Josh Gordon, who was by far the best athletic specimen I had seen in my life. Gordon’s skills on the field were obvious, but a conversation with him shed light on a turbulent career.  After getting settled and adjusted the first week I found myself outside of the meeting room waiting with Gordon for the coaches. My wife and I had just settled into our home in Houston and that was an icebreaker for me knowing …
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A Call From Charlie Weis #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett College recruitment was fun, but also very annoying. The constant calls and texts from coaches made it cumbersome. There are some prestigious schools, whether academically and/or athletically, that are always entertained based on its reputation. But, a call from then Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis would change my perspective in too schools. During my high school career, I played both defense and offense. I was recruited by some teams as a safety and others as a wide receiver. My heart and passion was in being a wide receiver.  Jerry Rice was my favorite player so I was set on being a receiver, and I always enjoyed making plays. …
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Vanderbilt Hosed in Florida #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett College football on Saturdays is a rich tradition in my family. I grew up watching The Iron Bowl and sided with Auburn just to make my parents’ life harder. My favorite team was the Florida Gators. Steve Spurrier had my heart as a coach. But after not receiving a scholarship from the Gators I found myself in the Swamp as a true freshman ready to light them up. This was a game I had marked on my calendar. New Florida coach Urban Meyers did not know, but I had a bullseye on him for not recruiting me. We wanted to get off to a fast start and …
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My Instant Reaction: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys 12/5/2019

By Earl Bennett Bears WIN! Mitch Trubisky played phenomenal.  Need this next week again against Green Bay!

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How I Accidentally Met Rod Marinelli #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore Every day I would walk onto the practice field 30 to 45 minutes early.  Arriving early gave me the freedom of being able to do things I would not normally do, like kicking field goals.  I really enjoyed that. Each day I saw this older man, with a sleeve on his leg, who seemed like he could barely walk. He would walk beside me to practice. At the time, I was a hard-headed rookie struggling on the field, and was looking for someone to talk with about my situation. Day after day, we walked out to the indoor practice facility together, and the more I saw him, …
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My Instant Reaction: Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

By Earl Bennett Bears Win! My thoughts below. Beardown.
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Who Got Fired!?! #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett In 2012, we needed to win the season’s final game, and we needed the Packers to defeat the Vikings to get into the playoffs. The latter did not happen so we were eliminated from playoff contention. After landing back in Chicago and finding out the results, Coach Lovie Smith addressed the team and stated we would have exit physicals in the morning. I arrived at the facility in the morning and entered the cafeteria where most players were gathered. I ordered my usual pancakes and bacon and found myself a table. ESPN lit up every TV. So, when a player says, “I don’t listen to the media,” …
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