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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QB Revolving Door: A Receiver’s POV #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Every NFL season there are some significant roster moves that can affect the team’s ability to be successful – especially when the moves involve the quarterback position. It’s no secret that there is a direct correlation to the success of a team and the performance of the quarterback. In this 2017 piece, eight teams had the same quarterback for at least 10 seasons. Over that decade, those teams had more playoff wins than the rest of the entire NFL, including seven of the nine Super Bowls. Every name is one you would recognize: Brady, Brees, Eli, Rodgers, Big Ben, Rivers, Ryan, & Flacco.   Fast forward to …
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My Instant Reaction: Bears vs. Rams 11/17/19

By Earl Bennett Bears lose AGAIN. My thoughts below. Beardown.  

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Singing a Different Tune #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett My dreams of being a professional football player became true when the Chicago Bears selected me in the 3rd round. I was eager to get to work and do the preparation needed to be the best receiver in franchise history. My plans of having an immediate impact were halted during the first season. Walking through Halas Hall and seeing all of the history was fascinating and inspiring. Every day at practice was a challenge as I shifted through multiple positions. Although I felt I was ready, the coaching staff, especially Pep Hamilton, thought otherwise. Pep was the quarterback coach and got on to me every day. The …
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