September 29, 2011

Arrelious Benn Primed for a Steller Sophomore Season

Filed under: College Football,Pro Football — admin @ 2:21 am

After an illustrious career at the University of Illinois, Tampa Bay Bucs second year receiver Arrelious Benn is looking to have similar success in the NFL. There was a minor detour in his road to glory last year when his season was ended due to an ACL tear. Benn was able to quickly recover from the injury with the help of Arctic Ease, a reusable cold therapy wrap that he says is the best product of its kind. The young Bucs had a big win last week against their division rival Falcons, with Arrelious having three catches. One of the hardest workers in the league, he should not have a problem continuing to adjust to life in the NFL on his way to becoming one of the league’s most feared wide receivers. I had a chance to talk to Arrelious Benn about his career up to this point, and his goals going forward.


Joey Brander: Talk about your rookie season in the league and what the biggest adjustment was from college to the NFL.


Arrelious Benn: The biggest adjustment was the terminology and learning new offense. The game speed is totally different. You have to pay attention to little details. The game in the NFL is a lot more mental than physical.


Joey Brander: You and other Bucs WR Mike Williams were both selected in the 2010 Draft, did you know each other before you were teammates?


Arrelious Benn: No, I didn’t know him, but I met him throughout the process. I played him my freshman year in college when he was at Syracuse.


Joey Brander: Talk about the state of the franchise with such a young team. Where do you think this team can go?


Arrelious Benn: The great thing about all of this is that we can grow together. It will be a chance for us to play football together for a long time and learn each other’s style of play. The sky is the limit for this team.


Joey Brander: How did Arctic Ease help you recover from off season ACL surgery?


Arrelious Benn: It’s a nice thing. [It’s] quick and easy. It’s better than ice. When you have an ice bag, it tends to leak and it’s messy and you have to change it a lot. This is a wrap that is quick and easy. I slept with it on [during my recovery]. [It’s a] great product! It did the job I needed it to do.


Joey Brander: You have exceptional size, speed, and ability to run across the middle. What is something you still want to work on?


Arrelious Benn: Just being a student of the game and my football IQ. And knowing my offense from top to bottom.

Joey Brander: What are your short and long term goals both on and off the field?


Arrelious Benn: Continuing in the direction [that] I’m going. I’m a student of the game and a team-first guy. [I want to] Never be selfish and always be a guy that can be relied on. Staying healthy is a big thing in the NFL, this is a very physical game.


Joey Brander: You were the 2006 HS Walter Payton Award Winner (presented by EA Sports) for being the hardest working high school football player. What is a typical workout like for you?


Arrelious Benn: A lot of lower body, explosive drills. I also work on my strength to break a lot of tackles.


Fan question: What workouts did you do to increase your speed and agility and to get your 40 time down?


Arrelious Benn: The best thing to do is doing single leg work. A lot of guys have a tendency to work both their legs at the same time, but when you’re running you only use one leg at a time.


Joey Brander: Who is the toughest DB to get separation from that you have faced?


Arrelious Benn: A guy that sticks out is [Brent] Grimes from Atlanta.


Fan question: What are your hobbies outside of football? What do you like to do on off days and during the offseason?


I like to chill with family, relax, play some video games, strategize with my marketing guy Brian (of B2 Enterprises), [and] do charity work…I’m looking at starting my own foundation soon.



Joey Brander is an award-winning sports broadcaster/journalist. He can be seen on CBS12 in South Florida, and also works for He has written for countless national sites, including Brander is a member of the USBWA and a voter for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the nation’s best college basketball player. When he is not covering the ESPY Awards, McDonalds All American Game, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement, or other national sporting events, he takes time to give back to the community through his foundation “The Joey Brander Foundation: Literacy Through Sports.” He can be contacted through his twitter page, @JoeyBrander

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