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Cornelius Bennett
Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
97
Born August 25, 1965 (1965-08-25) (age 44)
Birmingham, Alabama
Career information
Year(s) 19872000
NFL Draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College Alabama
Professional teams
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Tackles 1,190
Sacks 71.5
Interceptions 7
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Cornelius O'Landa Bennett (born August 25, 1965 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1995, Atlanta Falcons from 1996 to 1998, and the Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2000. Bennett was a five time Pro Bowler, being elected in 1988, and 19901993, and won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year award twice (1988 and 1991).

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Early years

Bennett played halfback and several other positions while playing at Ensley High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Bennett was an excellent basketball and baseball player during his high school career. Bennett was an all-state performer, senior year, while amasing over 1000 yards while carring the ball 101 times. Bennett was nicknamed "Biscuit" due his strong appetite for his mothers homemade biscuits.

College career

Bennett played for the University of Alabama from 1983-1986. Bennett was a first selection on the College Football All-America Team 3 times (1984–1986). As a senior, he won the Lombardi Award, SEC Player of the Year honors, and finished 7th in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. In his 4 seasons there, Bennett recorded 287 tackles, 21½ sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries. His most famous sack was in 1986 when he leveled Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beuerlein, known simply as 'the lick.'[1] In 2005, Bennett was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. After his college career, he was selected by the Colts with the second pick of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Professional career

L. T.'s in a class all by himself. I'll put L. T. first, then Tippett, and Bennett behind him.

Jets fullback Roger Vick, ranking the NFL's best pass rushers during the 1988 NFL season.[2]

Bennett and the Colts were unable to come to an agreement on a contract. Bennett was then dealt to the Bills from the Colts in a three way trade that also included Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, and Bills running back Greg Bell. This trade occurred in the fall of the 1987 season, just before the trade deadline, and has been called "the trade of the decade" by the New York Times.[3]

In the NFL, Bennett's talent at the left outside linebacker position helped the teams he played for to 5 Super Bowl appearances (4 with Buffalo and 1 with Atlanta), but they lost them all. In his 14 NFL seasons, he recorded 71½ sacks, 7 interceptions, 112 return yards, 27 fumble recoveries, 78 fumble return yards, and 3 touchdowns (1 interception, 1 fumble return and 1 blocked field goal return).

At the time of his retirement, his 27 defensive fumble recoveries were the third most in NFL history.

Bennett was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bennett is the cousin of the late Marquise Hill.

Personal

Bennett now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Kimberly Bennett.

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