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Martz NFC Championship Playcall #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   May 1st, 2020    0
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. [caption id="attachment_852" align="aligncenter" width="213"] Promo Code “Prostyle Podcast”[/caption] I am not known for my speed. I’m known as an intellectual…

Ping Pong List #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   April 21st, 2020    0
By Earl Bennett If there was one game in the locker room that caused controversy, it was sure to be… Read More »

Chicago Bears Started IG Thursday #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   April 16th, 2020    0
By Earl Bennett A locker room full of swag and confidence transferred over to social media. Members of the 2013… Read More »

My Bad, Cutler #StoryTimeWithEarl

Earl B. Bennett   April 15th, 2020    0
By Earl Bennett In the locker room, when certain things occur, you know that those things are sacred. Marital discord,… Read More »



You Could Only Assume Aaron Rodgers Found Matthew Stafford Repulsive #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore Let me set the stage.  Mathew Stafford and I have a misunderstanding which led to me being ejected from a game.  This situation was a fascinating moment in my career. Most players on opposing teams never addressed me about the case until one night in Green Bay. As usual, I got to the field early to warm up before the game.  I walked out of the tunnel to enter the historic Lambeau Field.  I frequently was greeted by players on the opposing team who I knew from playing in college together or against each other.  That day a voice called to me saying, “D what up?”  I’m …
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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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I hated the NFL Combine #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I was not too fond of the NFL combine. Take that back; it was the 40-yard dash I hated.  The first day at the combine, we were shoved into rooms with a roommate and given our rigorous schedules.  Everyone was given a sweatshirt and sweatpants with a number on them—some of the greatest athletes from the nation’s top programs all in one place. A room full of athletes examining each other from afar.  An NFL representative poked his head out of a door and called a couple of athletes into an office.  Everybody’s head popped up, finally being able to put highlights they have seen with faces …
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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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When Kobe Passed It Made Me Feel Like By Brother Passed All Over Again #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore When I heard the news that Kobe Bryant died, it made me feel like my brother died all over again. I remember being in Chicago for offseason workouts with my girlfriend, now wife, watching TV when I received the news my brother was dead. My phone was on silent, so I didn’t see all the missed calls and text messages. I finally picked up the phone, and the text bubble read, “Your big brother is dead.”  Shot in the head at close range at 25 years young.  You pause in disbelief because you do not believe that it’s true, and to some extent, I still don’t think …
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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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The NFL Has Its Moments But Also Has Its Setbacks #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore Being a part of the NFL was a great experience that I would not change for the world. For all the good the NFL offers, it also has its setbacks. Being in the NFL 5 years and watching the business of football, I think the hardest thing about it is watching teammates and good friends get released without warning. Over the years, two instances frustrated me. One of the first questions rookies would ask is how many players in a particular position would be kept. The NFL is, for sure, a numbers game. Veteran players typically shrug off the question, tell them to work hard and things will work …
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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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The Transition #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore The quarterback snaps the ball. He drops back to throw the pass, and DJ Moore intercepts it. The crowd goes wild, and it feels like I can do this forever. A month later reality hits, and the guy who was making plays is desperately searching for a new team. The NFL slogan for players has always been “Not For Long,” but exactly how long is so unpredictable. I remember it like yesterday – enjoying the fruits of my labor on the field, and having a great time in the locker room with my teammates.   Then without warning, I was out of a job with no backup plan. …
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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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