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Encyclopedia > Darren Bennett (footballer)
Darren Bennett
Personal Info
Birth January 9, 1965, Sydney, New South Wales
Recruited from East Fremantle Football Club
Height/Weight 196cm / 85kg
Playing Career┬╣
Debut Round ?, 1987, West Coast Eagles vs. ?, at ?
Team(s) West Coast Eagles (1987)

4 games, 7 goals January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Home Ground: East Fremantle Oval Formed: 1898 Colours: Royal Blue and White Nickname: Sharks (Originally Easts, Blue and Whites or Blue and White Angels. Then known as Old Easts to distinguish them from East Perth) // League records East Fremantle Football Club, Premiers 1903 Premiers (29 times): 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian Rules Football club that is a member of the Australian Football League. ... The West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian Rules Football club that is a member of the Australian Football League. ...


Melbourne (1989-1993) The Melbourne Football Club (MFC), nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ...


74 games, 215 goals

┬╣ Statistics to end of 2006 season
Career Highlights

  • Melbourne leading goalkicker 1989, 1990
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Date of birth January 9, 1965
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Date of death
Position(s) Punter
College None
NFL Draft [[ NFL Draft#Round_|]] / Round
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Pro Bowls
Awards
Honors NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
Retired #s {{{Retired #s}}}
Records
Statistics Pro Football Reference
Statistics NFL.com
Statistics CBS.com
Statistics DatabaseFootball
Statistics ESPN
Statistics Sports Illustrated
Team(s)
1995-2003
2004-2005
San Diego Chargers
Minnesota Vikings
Pro Football Hall of Fame, [[ in sports|]]

Darren Bennett (born January 9, 1965 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian who had a moderately successful career in Australian Rules football, followed by a far more substantial career in American football as a punter. January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The word punter may refer to: Someone who uses a Punt (boat). ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The American Football League (AFL, 1960 - 1969) stocked its teams in two ways: 1) Signing free agents (players whose contracts in other professional football leagues had expired, or who had no professional experience). ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... An award is something given to a person or group of people to recognize excellence in a certain field. ... Honours may refer to: Honours, used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service in the British honours system Honours degree, in association with Bachelors degree See also Honour or honor, comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group This is... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League ... Retirement is the status of a worker who has stopped working. ... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers Local radio Flagship stations: KIOZ (105. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Australian Rules and Aussie Rules redirect here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A punter in American or Canadian football is a special teams player (not an offensive or defensive team member) who is snapped the ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage the opposing...


Australian Rules Football career

Bennett, who grew up in Perth, spent 12 years playing Aussie Rules at elite level, also played rugby and Australian Rules Football in for a short time in New Zealand. He then spent time with the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons in the VFL / AFL. The West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian Rules Football club that is a member of the Australian Football League. ... The Melbourne Football Club (MFC), nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... VFL/AFL is the term used to refer to the competition established in 1897, which was originally known as the Victorian Football League. ... The Australian Football League is the Australian national competition in the sport of Australian rules football. ...


Bennett was known for kicking long goals, torpedo punts and taking strong marks. Kicking is a method used by many types of football, including: football (soccer) Australian rules football International rules football American football Canadian football Gaelic football Rugby League Rugby Union List of common kicking styles Grubber kick - rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football Bomb kick - rugby league, Australian Rules football... The torpedo punt, similar to a punt in American Football, is a kicking technique implemented in Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League to enhance the distance the ball is kicked. ...


Bennett began with the West Coast Eagles as part of their inaugural squad in 1987. A serious knee injury curtailed his career with the Eagles after four games. Released by the Eagles, he was drafted by the Melbourne Demons at the end of 1988. In both 1989 (34 goals) and 1990 (87 goals) Bennett led the Demons' goal kicking. Bennett's jersey usually carried a white stain on the front, which was merely resin that Bennett used to grip the ball better. The West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian Rules Football club that is a member of the Australian Football League. ... For other uses, see Knee (disambiguation). ... The sport of Australian rules football is known for its high level of physical body contact compared to other sports such as soccer and basketball, and the fact that unlike gridiron, no padding whatsoever is worn. ... The Melbourne Football Club (MFC), nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... Insect trapped in resin. ...


Some highlights of his career appeared in both VHS/DVD documentaries Miracle Marks and Golden Goals. Top view VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS or simply as Video, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some... DVD-R writing/reading side DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Bennett was regarded as one of Melbourne's finest players in the early 90's. But injuries caught up with him, and he played just two games in 1993. After the season, Bennett quietly retired from AFL, having totalled 78 games and 222 goals. The Australian Football League is the Australian national competition in the sport of Australian rules football. ...


Bennett participated in an Australian Football Exhibition Match at SkyDome in Toronto in 1989; it is believed that he was first exposed to American football during that trip. Australian Rules Football has been introduced to a wide range of places around Australian and around the world since the codes inception in 1848. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as (and often still called) SkyDome,1 is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ...


NFL career

He married in 1994 and went on his honeymoon to California, where he contacted the coaching staff of the San Diego Chargers and asked for a tryout. He wound up impressing the Chargers sufficiently that he was placed on the team's practice squad for that season, although he did not play. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers Local radio Flagship stations: KIOZ (105. ...


During the spring of 1995, the Chargers sent him to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, where he led the league in net punting average and earned all-league honors. That fall, he became the Chargers' regular punter. In his rookie season, he finished second in the NFL in punting average and made the AFC Pro Bowl team. He went on to establish himself as arguably the best punter in the NFL for the rest of the 1990s. Despite only playing in the league for half of that decade, he was named as the punter on the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Amsterdam Admirals are a team in NFL Europe, a league of American football operated in Europe primarily as a developmental league for the National Football League. ... NFL Europe logo Old World League of American Football (WLAF) logo The NFL Europe League is an American football league which operates in Europe. ... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...


On August 7, 1999 Bennett returned home with his adoptive sport and took part in Australia's first American Bowl in Sydney's brand new Stadium Australia versus the Denver Broncos. August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The American Bowl is the name of a series of National Football League pre-season exhibition games that are held at international sites outside the United States. ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Telstra Stadium, formerly Stadium Australia, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Homebush, Sydney, Australia which opened in March 1999. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan-English; Luke...


Bennett was named to another Pro Bowl team in 2000, and continued to be one of the league's leading punters into the 21st century. Going into the 2004 season, he had averaged 43.8 yards per punt, averaged 27 punts per season inside the 20-yard-line, and had only three blocked punts in his career (one of which happened when the Chargers had only 10 men on the field). As a former Aussie Rules player, and considerably larger than most specialist kickers in American football (6'5"/1.96 m, 235 lb/106.5 kg), he does not shy away from physical contact on special teams. This was never more evident than when he knocked an opposing punt returner out cold in his rookie season. In 2004, after 144 games for the Chargers, he signed as a free agent with the Vikings, where he spent one season until being cut by Minnesota in September 2005. However, he was recalled by the team in December 2005, after starting punter Chris Kluwe (who had replaced him on the Vikings roster) was injured; Bennett signed to a temporary contract.[1] He played one game before being released by the Vikings, having made what was likely his final NFL appearance after 15 Vikings games and a total of 159 NFL games. This article is about the year 2000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Christopher James Kluwe, born December 24, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an NFL Punter. ...


Bennett and his wife Rosemary divide their time between homes in the San Diego area and Melbourne. They have two sons, one of whom suffers from muscular dystrophy; Bennett is deeply involved with charities associated with that disease. San Diego County in the Southwest corner of California. ... Melbourne is the state capital and largest city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-largest city in Australia, with a population of approximately 3. ... The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic and hereditary muscle diseases; characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue. ...


External links

  • Darren Bennett (footballer) profile on westcoasteagles.com.au
  • Official Minnesota Vikings profile
  • Darren Bennett at ESPN.com

 
 

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