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Earl Bennett

Earl Bennett during the 2008 NFL season.
No. 80     Chicago Bears
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: March 23, 1987 (1987-03-23) (age 22)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Vanderbilt
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Debuted in 2008 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x All-SEC (2005-2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     54
Receiving Yards     717
Touchdowns     2
Stats at

Earl Bennett (born March 23, 1987, in Birmingham, Alabama) is a American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bears in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Vanderbilt.


College career

A three-time All-SEC selection at Vanderbilt, Bennett left school as the all-time SEC leader in receptions with 236.


Awards and honors

  • 2005- First Team All-SEC (Coaches)
  • 2005- Second Team All-SEC (AP)
  • 2005- First Team SEC All Freshman Team
  • 2005- Sporting News Second Team Freshman All American
  • 2005- First Team All American
  • 2005- Second Team All American
  • 2006- Third Team All American[1]
  • 2006- First Team All-SEC (AP)[2]
  • 2006- Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)[3]
  • 2006- First Team All-SEC[4]
  • 2006- First Team All-SEC[5]
    Bennett celebrates a touchdown at Vanderbilt


  • He set the Southeastern Conference record for career receptions with 236.
  • He has totaled more receptions than any other Southeastern Conference receiver after two years. [6]
  • He set the school record with 223 receiving yards against the Richmond Spiders in the Commodores' 2007 opening season win.
  • He is the first ever SEC receiver to record 75 receptions in three different seasons.[7]


Receiving Rushing
2005 79 876 11.1 41 9 5 11 2.2 14 0
2006 82 1146 14.0 77 6 5 11 2.2 11 0
2007 75 830 11.0 54 5 10 22 2.2 15 0
Totals 236 2852 12.1 77 20 20 44 2.2 15 0

Professional career

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears chose Bennett in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He didn't catch a single pass his entire rookie year, and was mostly on the sidelines.

2009 Season

On April 2nd, 2009, Earl's former teammate at Vanderbilt and All-Pro quarterback Jay Cutler was acquired by the Bears via a trade with the Denver Broncos. Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Bennett would be given "every opportunity" to win a spot as a starting receiver alongside Devin Hester in 2009. He is currently the No.2 Receiver on the depth chart and has become a favorite target for Cutler. During that offseason, Earl also changed his number from 85 to 80.

Bennett had a key 2 point conversion against the Seattle Seahawks, for his first points of the 2009 season and his career. Bennett caught his first Career Touchdown from Jay Cutler against the St.Louis Rams in Week 13.

On December 20th against the Baltimore Ravens, Bennett returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown in place of the Bears injured returner Devin Hester.

Earl Bennett finished the season with 717 yards on 54 catches.


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