The Time Chad Greenway Jumped Through My Chest #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Football is a physical game, and that’s why we love it so much.  The intensity, emotion, and the battle that ensues on the field is hard to match in any other arena. The League has taken many steps to make the game safer on all levels.  They have made quarterbacks untouchable unless you’re 6’5 250lbs. Defenders have a not-so-clearly defined target area to tackle a player, and some youth leagues have completely changed the “old way” of bringing someone to the ground.  Hell, you can’t even talk about head placement at practice. It’s kind of crazy, but I get it. That doesn’t mean that big hits have …
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Wreck with DJ #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett After defeating the Buffalo Bills in 2010 with a game-winning touchdown I decided to go out with my pal, best bud DJ Moore. Two peas in a pod. We were roommates on the road and we typically went to places together in each city. From finding the best chicken shack to the best entertainment, we looked forward to adventure in each city. When we got back from our business trip to Toronto we decided to hit the streets of Chicago to celebrate.   I had just gotten my 1973 Impala out of the shop. Some interior work and speakers were installed. I put some 24-inch rims on …
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Dealing with Coaching Changes #StoryTimeWithArmstrong

By Anthony Armstrong Yesterday morning, the Washington Redskins relieved Jay Gruden of his duties as head coach of the team.  Some players voiced pleasure, and others had thanks and kind words for their former head man. Both are equally correct in the praise or critique.  Quinton Dunbar spoke about the opportunity to move to DB which has paid dividends for him. Since switching from wide receiver to DB, Dunbar has recently signed a 3-year, $5.7 million deal with the team.  Others voiced displeasure about how the team had been run. As a player on a team that has faced a coaching change during the season, it means you are auditioning …
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My Instant Reaction: Bears vs Raiders

Earl Bennett gives his post game reaction to the Chicago Bears 24-21 loss vs Oakland Raiders in London:

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Almost A Bronco #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett My first year as a Chicago Bear was depressing. I would practice each week as if my time was coming, however I was not playing during the games. I would get to the field on Sundays and notice a sweat suit in my locker for not being a part of the 46 roster. No matter how well I performed in practice, it still did not warrant me the opportunity to play. Having a lot of veterans on the roster was one of the issues. We had Marty Booker, Brandon Lloyd, Rashied Davis, Devin Hester and Mark Bradley. Not only were most of these guys annoying and irritating, …
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Vontaze Burfict vs Brandon Marshall #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett Vontaze Burfict’s recent suspension has brought more awareness to the selfish, intentional, negligent mooncalf who has been content trying to end careers. September 8, 2013 we squared off against the Bengals and Burfict. We were all aware of his antics and foul play, so we expected a chippy game. The fiasco would not take long especially after remarks made by Burfict in reference to Brandon Marshall. As the trash talking ensued between Burfict and Marshall, I saw it go south quickly. Burfict told Marshall, “I’m going to beat you, like you beat your wife.” Now, trash talking is fair game until you bring up family. The situation …
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Hard to Live When Your World is Upside Down #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore It was my first year out of Chicago. I was in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing with the Carolina Panthers. I was excited because I had been fortunate enough to play for my hometown team. The Panther’s facility is one hour from where I grew up, and they hold training camp in the very town where I’m from – Spartanburg, SC on Wofford College campus. I had made it through the dog days of training camp and the season was up next.  The first game finally arrived, and we were playing the Seahawks. It was Sept 8, 2013, on a hot day in Charlotte. I was playing nickel …
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Post Game Reactions: Chase Daniel Time?

By Earl Bennett Earl Bennett reacts to the Chicago Bears Victory over the Minnesota Vikings 9/29/19:

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Trusting The Life Process #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie I’ve always been a very conscientious person. However, I didn’t necessarily realize that was the case until my 6th year in the NFL. I was with the Baltimore Ravens and my Offensive Coordinator/QB coach Jim Caldwell wrote that word in my evaluation coming out of the offseason. Don’t give me too much credit for the big word as I didn’t necessarily know what it meant and had to google it. Some synonyms for the word are self-aware, thorough, meticulous, diligent, painstaking. I wasn’t honestly sure if this was a good thing or not. Lol. The definition, “wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly” brought me to the conclusion …
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Peppers and Cutler #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett There are very few people who frighten me in this world. Brock Lesnar, being one of them. Playing with someone who scares you is different. Not scared in a way that I was fearful of my life — just in a way that if a fight went down I would have to pray that God gave me David-like abilities. The one player who possesses the traits of Goliath on the team was Julius Peppers.    Standing 6 feet 7 inches, Julius towered over pretty much every football player. Weighing 295 pounds placed him in the range of the sloppy fat lineman you see with their bellies out. …
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