Manchester Wolves Coach To Represent AFL and af2 at Senior All-Star Game In Honolulu
The first time Ben Bennett was chosen to attend the prestigious Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii he was as a star college quarterback for the Duke Blue Devils. On January 14, Bennett will make his second trip to the annual senior game, this time as a representative for the Arena Football League and arenafootball2.
The Peterson, CA native was selected to the Hula Bowl in 1984 after a record breaking career for the Blue Devils at the quarterback position where he racked up seven NCAA, 15 ACC and 42 school records - three of which he left as the NCAA All-Time leader, surpassing totals of NFL quarterbacks and future Hall of Famers Dan Marino, John Elway and Jim McMahon. Bennett played for the East team alongside future National Football League veterans Jeff Hostetler and Reggie White and against Steve Young in a 21-16 losing battle.
This time around Bennett will toss aside his cleats and jersey for dress shoes and an AFL/af2 league shirt as he has been selected to be a representative for the Arena Football Family. Bennett's Hall of Fame career as an AFL player was nothing short of amazing as he led three different teams to five ArenaBowls in 10 seasons, amassing 14,169 passing yards, 267 touchdown passes along with the 1988 League MVP and First-Team All-Arena (1988, 1993-94) awards. Bennett has also made an impact in the af2, where he enters his fifth season as a head coach in 2007. Among active head coaches in the af2 Bennett's win total of 46 games is the highest, which includes reaching the playoffs all four seasons as a head coach and an ArenaCup title in 2004.
"I'm excited to be a part of the Hula Bowl again after 23 years," said Manchester Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett. " I'm proud to be a part of the AFL and af2 family and I'm more than happy to spread the word about our league."
Bennett will be joined alongside with WR Siaha Burley of the AFL's Utah Blaze, a six-year AFL veteran and former Hula Bowl selection in 1999. The duo will be speaking to the participants of both the East and West squads prior to the contest.
"I cannot envision a better ambassador of and for the Arena Football Family than Ben Bennett," said af2 President Jerry Kurz. "Ben was a great player and leader in our league and is a stellar coach and teacher to our young players. Who could be better than Ben to expose the players fortunate enough to play in the Hula Bowl about our great sport, our fantastic league and our Mission Statement-no one."
The first Hula Bowl All-Star Classic was played on January 5, 1946, marking the beginning of a post-season bowl game that has spanned seven decades and launched the professional careers of countless football greats. This year's Hula Bowl will take place on January 14 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI and will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:30 EST.
Don't miss another exciting action-packed season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007! For information on tickets or merchandise, fans can contact the Wolves at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com.
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