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Sean Bennett

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Sean Bennett
No. 20[1]
Position: Running back/Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-11-09) November 9, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Evansville, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Evansville
Illinois
Northwestern
NFL draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2003
Rushing attempts: 29
Rushing yards: 126
Rushing TDs: 1
Receptions: 9
Receiving yards: 164
Receiving TDs: 0
Stats at NFL.com

William Sean Bennett (born November 9, 1975) is a former professional American and Canadian football running back. He was drafted by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Evansville Purple Aces, Illinois Fighting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats.

Bennett began his collegiate career as a baseball and football player at the University of Illinois, but transferred to the University of Evansville after one year. At Evansville he was an All-American two–times but had to transfer due to the school dropping football as a sport. Bennett then attended Northwestern University where he was a fullback and was mainly a blocker but did get a few rushing attempts.

Since he was a senior after his single season at Northwestern, he elected to enter the 1999 NFL Draft and surprised many by being selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round. He played four seasons in New York but ended up injured each season and was released after 2002. He then joined the New York Jets but was released before the season began. After his failed stints in New York he played for the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Renegades and Toronto Argonauts; and the Evansville BlueCats of the Indoor Football League.

Early career[edit]

Sean Bennett was born on November 9, 1975 in Evansville, Indiana. In high school, Bennett played baseball and football and was hoping to become a professional baseball player.[2] In football he played wide receiver and was named All–State[3] and in baseball his batting average was .425 over four years.[2]

Following his senior season in high school, Bennett accepted a baseball and football scholarship at the University of Illinois.[2] However at the end of his freshman year he decided to drop baseball and transfer to the University of Evansville.[2] When asked why he dropped baseball, Bennett responded, "I couldn't hit."[2] At Evansville, his hometown, Bennett converted to running back after mainly playing wide receiver before that.[2] As a sophomore and junior, he was a two-time All-American and set school records in rushing and touchdowns.[2] However, after his junior season the school decided to drop football forcing Bennett to transfer to Northwestern University.[2] At Northwestern, Bennett became the starting fullback. In his only year he had 32 rushes and 160 yards.[2]

Professional career[edit]

1999–2003[edit]

On March 10, 1999, when some National Football League (NFL) scouts came to work out D'Wayne Bates and Barry Gardner, Bennett decided to join the workout.[2] When he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.45 seconds, scouts were reportedly, "doing double-takes".[2]

Bennett was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 1999 National Football League Draft. As a rookie in 1999, Bennett missed seven games due to a knee injury.[4] After undergoing surgery on the knee, he missed all of the 2000 season. In 2001, New York expected Bennett to work in tandem with Tiki Barber but after suffering a hamstring injury, he was released on September 3, 2001.[4] After multiple injuries to their running backs, the Giants became interested in re-signing Bennett but because of NFL rules they were unable to do so until January 2002. During this time period, he was offered contracts by the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins but rejected both hoping to return to the Giants.[5] He re-signed with the Giants on January 16, 2002.[6] During the season, Bennett was returned to the wide receiver position he played in high school, due to multiple injuries suffered by the Giants players in that position.[3] He was waived on December 4, 2002.[7]

On April 1, 2003, the New York Jets signed Bennett.[8] He was released on August 23, 2003.[9]

2004–2007[edit]

Bennett signed with the Ottawa Renegades on March 3, 2004.[10] He was cut at the end of training camp. On June 16, 2004, after he was cut he signed with the Evansville BlueCats of the Indoor Football League.[11] Bennett left the BlueCats and was re-signed to the Renegades practice roster. On July 27, he was activated and played in three games for Ottawa. In 2005, he played in five games recording 76 yards on four catches. With Ottawa, Bennett returned to playing fullback which he played at Northwestern.[12] After the season he re-joined Evansville for one season. After Ottawa folded at the end of 2005, he entered the CFL Dispersal Draft and was selected by the Toronto Argonauts. When he was drafted he was playing once again for the Evansville BlueCats, but left the team in favor of Toronto.[13] During his only season in Toronto, Bennett suffered a finger injury that allowed him to play in only three games.[14] The Argonauts won all three games Bennett played for them.[15]

After leaving the game of football in 2007, Bennett became a trainer at Tri-State Athletic Club in Evansville.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sean Bennett". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pennington, Bill (April 25, 1999). "PRO FOOTBALL; Giants' Rookie Traveled Winding Road to N.F.L.". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Sean Bennett, FB, Free Agent". KFFL. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b Pennington, Bill (September 3, 2001). "PRO FOOTBALL; Giants, Tired of Waiting, Release Bennett". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  5. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (October 9, 2001). "Bennett may return in 02'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Transactions". Washington Post. January 16, 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Moore leaves Giants, retires". CBC Sports. December 4, 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Jets add RB Sean Bennett, re-sign six". Associated Press. April 1, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  9. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (August 26, 2003). "Jets will audition QBs Martin, Graham". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Renegades sign three players". Our Sports Central. March 3, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  11. ^ "Bluecats sign Evansville native Sean Bennett". Our Sports Central. June 16, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Alouettes hammer Renegades at the Big O". CBC Sports. October 23, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  13. ^ "CFL is Next Destination for BlueCats Sean Bennett". Our Sports Central. May 17, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  14. ^ Busby, Ian (September 23, 2006). "Argonauts fully loaded". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  15. ^ Martin, Pete. "Toronto Argonauts All-Time Roster" (PDF). argonauts.ca. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Two-minute toner: Wheelbarrows". Evansville Courier & Press. January 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-23.