Michael Bennett
At a game in Denver in October, 2010.
Free Agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-08-13) August 13, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2001 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Rushing yards     3,703
Rushing average     4.4
Rushing TDs     13
Receiving yards     1,294
Receiving average     8.1
Receiving TDs     6
Stats at

Michael A. Bennett (born August 13, 1978) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 27th overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

A Pro Bowl selection with the Vikings in 2002, Bennett has also been a member of the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders. He was one of the fastest sprinters in college history clocking in a record 4.13 in the 40-yard dash, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Bo Jackson who ran a 4.12.

Early yearsEdit

Bennett attended Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. As a senior, he was ranked the top football player in the state, and was an All-State selection. As a junior at the 1997 state track meet, he set records in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, then broke both records as a senior in 1998.

Track and fieldEdit

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.67 Fayetteville, Arkansas May 10, 2000
100 meters 10.00 Austin, Texas May 6, 2000
200 meters 20.66 Tempe, Arizona May 18, 2000

College careerEdit

Bennett attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a standout in football and in track as a sprinter. He spent two years as a backup to Ron Dayne, but, as a junior, he rushed for 1,592 yards and scored ten touchdowns, despite missing two games due to injury.

Professional careerEdit


Bennett, at 207 lb (94 kg), ran a 4.28[1] in the 40 yard dash, but had an injured hamstring, so he was allowed to rerun his 40-yard dash at his pro day and got a record setting 4.13, and logged 15 reps of 225 lb (102 kg), and had a vertical jump of 41½" at the 2001 NFL Combine.[2]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Bennett was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (27th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2001, Bennett was thrust into a starting role after the sudden retirement of star running back Robert Smith. In 2002, Bennett rushed for 1,296 yards and added 351 yards receiving on his way to the Pro Bowl. However, his career stalled due to injuries the following year.

The Vikings released Bennett at the conclusion of the 2005 NFL season due to his persistent injury and ball handling problems.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

He was signed by the New Orleans Saints to serve as the backup to Deuce McAllister. After the addition of Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft, Bennett became expendable and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a fourth round draft choice.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Bennett spent the 2006 season and part of the 2007 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in 17 games for the Chiefs in all, carrying the ball 56 times for 252 yards and no touchdowns. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just over a month in the 2007 season.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 16, 2007 the Buccaneers acquired Bennett from the Chiefs after injuries to running backs Carnell Williams and Michael Pittman. His first touchdown as a Buccaneer came in Week 8 of the 2007 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars off a 19-yard swing pass run.

On February 15, 2008, Bennett re-signed with the Buccaneers in lieu of becoming an unrestricted free agent. Bennett was released on November 11 when Carnell Williams was activated from the PUP list.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Bennett was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers on November 12, 2008. The team released linebacker Derek Smith to make room for him on the roster.[3] He was released on March 4, 2010. During the 2009 season with San Diego, Bennett played in six games, rushing 23 times for 65 yards, and catching six passes for 65 yards.[4]

Oakland RaidersEdit

Bennett signed with the Oakland Raiders on May 6, 2010. He was released on September 5, 2011. During the 2010 season with Oakland, he gained 11 yards rushing and nine yards receiving while playing in seven games.[5]


Bennett is the nephew of former Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts linebacker / defensive end Tony Bennett.

He currently resides in California with his fiancée Katie.


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