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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A Surprise Package from Da Bears

By Earl Bennett

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When It Is Time To Let The NFL Go, The NFL Will Surely Let You Know #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I had just been released by the Carolina Panthers and had no team to play for. I called my agent about what my next step would be. He told me to sit tight, and he would make some calls. I was both nervous and excited about the opportunity to continue playing football. He finally called me and said, “I have a workout scheduled with the Detroit Lions.” I had never gone through that process and did not know what to expect. I packed a couple of things, kissed my wife and kids, and headed off to the airport. I arrived at the team facility, greeted by a …
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My Reaction: Bears vs. Lions

By Earl Bennett Bears Win! Bears did what they should have done with Matt Stafford out for Detroit.

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Roy Williams Outfit #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Fashion has always been a part of the NFL. Joe Namath with the fur coat to Deion Sanders with the gold chains and sweet pregame outfits. Now, players like Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins are keeping the tradition going. Though some players can pull certain looks off, there are some who should stay away.   In 2011, we signed Roy Williams to the team. The Odessa product never failed to provide laughter whether it was intentional or not. Roy’s jokes or his unserious nature were constant — his outfits followed suit. Roy never tried to impress with his clothes. Whether it was his old school jeans or …
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