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LeCharles Bentley
Center / Guard
Jersey #(s)
57, 65
Born November 7, 1979 (1979-11-07) (age 30)
Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
Year(s) 20022007
NFL Draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
College Ohio State
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 57
Games started 57
Fumble recoveries 0
Stats at
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

LeCharles Vernon Bentley (born November 7, 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football center of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Saints, Bentley was also a member of the Cleveland Browns. He retired following the 2008 season after failing to recover from a torn patellar tendon suffered with the Browns in 2006.


Early years

Bentley played high school football at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He was a two year starter and was a three year letterman, earning All-Ohio honors as a senior (1997).

College career

Bentley played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes, first for head coach John Cooper, then for Jim Tressel his senior year. He was a four year letterman. Bentley won the 2001 Rimington Trophy as college football's best center and also was named as an AFCA consensus All-American. He was a human development and family science major.

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

Bentley was drafted in the second round (44th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints and was signed to a four year deal worth $2.95 million. He excelled at the guard position and started in 14 games. He was named Sports Illustrated 's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2002 and Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team. He made his NFL debut at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8.

Bentley started in 13 games and earned a spot in the 2003 Pro Bowl.

In the 2004 season he moved back to his original center position and started in all 16 games, he went on to be voted as an alternate to the 2004 Pro Bowl at that position.

Bentley started 14 games at center in 2005 and was voted to the Pro Bowl again. He left the Saints saying he would rather sit out the season than play with them again.[1]

Cleveland Browns

After backing out of an unofficial agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles,[2] Bentley signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2006, and was regarded by ESPN as the top-rated free agent.

Bentley suffered a serious knee injury in training camp on July 27, 2006, during the first play on the first 11 on 11 training camp session. He tore his patellar tendon, an injury that kept him out for the entire 2006 season. Bentley revealed that he had undergone four operations since getting hurt, the final two to clean out a staph infection that ate away at his tendon and a virus that became so severe that doctors considered amputating his leg.[3]

On July 23, 2007, ESPN reported that Bentley had been cleared to play by his physician and would be reporting to training camp. Bentley said that his knee was about '70 percent' and thought it would be 90 percent when the season started.[4] Bentley started the season on the physically unable to play list.[5]

In December, the Browns shortened Bentley's $36 million contract from six years to three, with 2008 set to be his last year under contract with the Browns. His salary was reduced to the NFL minimum $605,000 with incentives to reach $4 million.

On June 10, 2008, The Plain Dealer reported that Bentley had rejoined his team on the practice field after passing his physical and being cleared to practice with the team. "I feel really blessed," Bentley said after partaking in his first Browns practice in 682 days. "The Lord's been really good to me. There's nothing more I can ask for."[6] On June 11, LeCharles Bentley's agent, Jonathan Feinsod, reported that Bentley asked for and was granted his release from the Cleveland Browns.[7]


Upon his release, teams such as Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle expressed varying degrees of interest in Bentley. [8] However, he was not signed to a team for the 2008 season.

After spending the 2008 season out of football, Bentley announced in January 2009 that he was no longer attempting to return to the NFL, and is currently a Browns/Buckeyes analyst for WKNR Radio and WKYC/STO Television in Cleveland .[9]


On December 20, 2006, Bentley presented his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School, with a check for $100,000. The money was to be used for a scholarship fund named in honor of his mother, Verneda. In May 2007, it was revealed that Bentley's mother has been accused of using money intended for the education of poor children to buy herself furniture. Federal agents are also investigating Verneda Bentley for a fire that caused more than $1 million in damage at the nonprofit she runs.[10]


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Preceded by
Dominic Raiola
Dave Rimington Trophy
Succeeded by
Brett Romberg

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