This Is Why Joe Likes Arrelious Benn

December 15th, 2010

BennThere are a lot of things to like about Arrelious Benn.

Dude is big.

Dude is fast.

Dude can catch.

Oh, and dude is one helluva nice guy.

Joe’s had the luxury of speaking with Benn a few times since he’s been drafted out of Illinois this past spring and every time Joe came away impressed with the guy. Doesn’t hurt that Benn — Joe enjoys typing “first and Benn” into Joe’s live chat whenever Benn gets a first down — is starting to blow up as a receiver.

Joe follows Benn on Twitter and came across this little nugget yesterday:

At children’s hospital in Tampa. Such a great thing to go visit the patients and spend time with them.

Well, actually it was All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, but Joe will let that minor detail slide.

The photo Joe used above was one Benn attached with his Twittering.

Of course, Benn wasn’t the only Bucs player there. You will notice Myron Lewis, Mike Williams and there was also a Brian Price sighting, among others! Hey, Price could have gone back to Los Angeles after being placed on injured reserve earlier this year, and instead stayed in the area.

Not only does this show not all the Bucs get in the headlines for the wrong reasons, but many of the Bucs selected by Mark Dominik appear to want to be part of the community.

Joe doesn’t think he has to detail just how a lot of sick kids’ days — maybe years — were made yesterday. Christmas time is for kids and Joe can’t imagine how much it must suck for a kid to be in the hospital this time of the year, especially if a kid has something terribly wrong

Nice gesture guys.

18 Responses to “This Is Why Joe Likes Arrelious Benn”

  1. passthebuc Says:

    good post

  2. sensiblebuc Says:


  3. Atrain WD40 Says:

    Thank you Benn, Lewis, Price, Williams and all the Great NFL players out there giving when others are taking. Thank you!

  4. architek79 Says:

    Keep it up guys, hopefully some of the older dirt bag members of the team will follow suit.

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Thanks Joe for posting something positive about our team. It’s nice to see that not all of our team are thugs, as so proclaimed by scum-of-the-earth fans Thomas and Buc You.

  6. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Great post Joe!!

  7. k1ngAdroc Says:

    thanks Joe, good work guys! Contrary to how they are portrait in the media, we have a good group of guys that we can be proud of…

    Nice to see that BP has stuck around…. Joe, how about a story on how he is doing?

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    even if they all dont end up being superstars, i think this draft class will go down as one of best classes in bucs history for this very reason. nothing but class acts from what i can see.

  9. Pete 422 Says:

    Yeah, being a class act is the way to go. Great post Joe & way to go Benn and Bucs!

  10. Snook Says:

    Benn is quickly becoming one of my favorite Bucs… and this only helps.

    “Little Anquan” I like to call him…

  11. Amar Says:

    Mike Williams…….Nice skirt!

  12. JDouble Says:

    The only catagory Mike Williams doesn’t lead in among rookies is 40+ yard receptions. Benn leads that catagory with three.

  13. CreamsiclePasties Says:

    I don’t think you’ll see any of those guys doing sit ups in their driveways anytime soon

  14. Pete 422 Says:

    @ JDouble; Wow, that is quite the stat. I know Rah says “stats are for losers,” but both of our rookie WRs leading in catches and 40+ receptions?

    @ Snook, by “little Anquan” I’m assuming you mean “younger?”
    Benn is 6’2″ 220 – Boldin is 6’1″ 217.

  15. Hunter Says:

    @Joe: There was a video on that showed all the Buccaneers’ rookies at the hospital.

  16. Joe Says:


    Thanks for the tip. Joe will dig it out later.

  17. JDouble Says:

    Yeah Pete, Mike Williams is #1 among rookies in receptions, TDs, Total Yards, Yards per game, and 20+ yard receptions. Pretty sick.

    Now if Benn really starts coming on strong, along with Winslow and Stroughter…well that’s one pretty sick offense.

    All we are missing is a great 3rd down back. Caddie has done pretty well, but we need a guy like Noel Devine that has the speed and vision to break off huge plays from little dump off passes and screens. Then we’d be scary good.

  18. sunrisejeff Says:

    Very nice to see a positive article after all the crap we’ve had to hear from local media about how this team is becoming the second coming of da raiders. Totally agree with you on Devine too JDub……or at least a back like him to spark the offense.