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Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 27th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Michael Bennett
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At a game in Denver in October 2010.
No. 23, 26, 29, 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1978-08-13) August 13, 1978 (age 40)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:842
Rushing yards:3,703
Rushing touchdowns:13
Receptions:159
Receiving yards:1,294
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com

A Pro Bowl selection with the Vikings in 2002, Bennett has also been a member of the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders. He was one of the fastest sprinters in college history clocking in a record 4.13 in the 40-yard dash, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Bo Jackson who ran a 4.12.

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Early yearsEdit

Bennett attended Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. As a senior, he was ranked the top football player in the state, and was an All-State selection.

College careerEdit

Bennett attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a standout in football and in track as a sprinter. He spent two years as a backup to Ron Dayne, but, as a junior, he rushed for 1,592 yards and scored ten touchdowns, despite missing two games due to injury.

Track and fieldEdit

As a junior at the 1997 state track meet, Bennett set records in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, then broke both records as a senior in 1998.

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.67 Fayetteville, Arkansas May 10, 2000
100 meters 10.00 (wind-aided)[1] Austin, Texas May 6, 2000
200 meters 20.66 Tempe, Arizona May 18, 2000

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
207 lb
(94 kg)
4.28 s 1.52 s 2.54 s 4.21 s 6.84 s 39.5 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
13 reps
All values from Wisconsin Pro Day.[2]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Bennett was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (27th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2001, Bennett was thrust into a starting role after the sudden retirement of star running back Robert Smith. In 2002, Bennett rushed for 1,296 yards and added 351 yards receiving on his way to the Pro Bowl. However, his career stalled due to injuries the following year.

The Vikings released Bennett at the conclusion of the 2005 NFL season due to his persistent injury and ball handling problems.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

He was signed by the New Orleans Saints to serve as the backup to Deuce McAllister. After the addition of Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft, Bennett became expendable and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a fourth round draft choice.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Bennett spent the 2006 season and part of the 2007 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in 17 games for the Chiefs in all, carrying the ball 56 times for 252 yards and no touchdowns. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just over a month in the 2007 season.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 16, 2007 the Buccaneers acquired Bennett from the Chiefs after injuries to running backs Carnell Williams and Michael Pittman. His first touchdown as a Buccaneer came in Week 8 of the 2007 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars off a 19-yard swing pass run.

On February 15, 2008, Bennett re-signed with the Buccaneers in lieu of becoming an unrestricted free agent. Bennett was released on November 11 when Carnell Williams was activated from the PUP list.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Bennett was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers on November 12, 2008. The team released linebacker Derek Smith to make room for him on the roster.[3] He was released on March 4, 2010. During the 2009 season with San Diego, Bennett played in six games, rushing 23 times for 65 yards, and catching six passes for 65 yards.[4]

Oakland RaidersEdit

Bennett signed with the Oakland Raiders on May 6, 2010. He was released on September 5, 2011. During the 2010 season with Oakland, he gained 11 yards rushing and nine yards receiving while playing in seven games.[4]

NFL statisticsEdit

Rushing Stats[5]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2001 MIN 13 172 682 4.0 31 2 23 0 0
2002 MIN 16 255 1,296 5.1 85 5 47 3 2
2003 MIN 8 90 447 5.0 28 1 17 2 1
2004 MIN 11 70 276 3.9 25 1 14 1 0
2005 MIN 16 126 473 3.8 61 3 21 4 3
2006 KC 11 36 200 5.6 41 0 8 1 0
2007 KC 6 20 52 2.6 12 0 3 0 0
2007 TB 8 41 189 4.6 28 1 7 0 0
2008 TB 5 7 12 1.7 4 0 0 0 0
2009 SD 6 23 65 2.8 14 0 2 0 0
2010 OAK 7 2 11 5.5 6 0 0 0 0
Career 107 842 3,703 4.4 85 13 142 11 6

Personal lifeEdit

Bennett is the nephew of former Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts linebacker/defensive end Tony Bennett.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michael BENNETT profile - all-athletics.com". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  2. ^ nfldraftscout.com
  3. ^ Chargers Sign RB Michael Bennett & Release Derek Smith
  4. ^ a b Michael Bennett - Pro Football Reference
  5. ^ "Michael Bennett Stats". "ESPN Internet Ventures". Retrieved September 25, 2017.

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