Broken Hand #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett In 2008, watching the Cowboys on Hard Knocks was fun and intriguing. For me as a backup return specialist, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Adam “Pacman” Jones field punts. Most around the league watched him catch multiple punts in practice without putting a ball down and thought that was a tough, yet fun challenge to try. Dave Toub, then Chicago Bears Special Teams Coach and now Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Coach, thought it would be a good idea if we tried to catch more than Pacman did. Catching punts to me is like fielding a pop fly. You align your body with the ball and catch it. …
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The Phrase No NFL players Wants to Hear, “Could you get your playbook and come with me please?” #StoryTimeWithDJMoore

By DJ Moore I had just walked out of a team meeting when a dreadful statement was given to me, “Go and get your playbook.” My stomach dropped to the floor because I knew what he was saying.  I was getting my walking papers in front of the entire team in the middle of the hallway.  I proceeded to my locker and grabbed my iPad and playbook.  Me and the cut man, advanced to the elevators to meet with the general manager to get the official word. I walked into the general manager’s office and he said, “DJ, we no longer need your services here.” Even though I knew it …
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Kyle Long and “A Pack Man” #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett If you know or have met Kyle Long, you know he does not hold any punches. Kyle is straight forward and gets right to the point. After he was drafted we saw how well he meshed with the team. His personality was needed in the locker room. What I will never forget is our conversation on the road for an away game.   After losing a few key guys on the offensive line, we needed a tough SOB like Kyle. In my opinion this was a draft pick that the Trestman era got right. We knew he was tough and once he got comfortable in the offense, …
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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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