Last fall I watched the championship game of the Swedish American football league. The American quarterback of the victorious Stockholm Mean Machines was former Georgia Tech and Louisiana Tech starter Taylor Bennett.
Here is what I wrote about him then:
The quarterback for Stockholm was Taylor Bennett, who once started games for Georgia Tech, which is a very big university indeed. That did not work out, really, so he ended up at Louisiana Tech, which is only slightly smaller. That did not work out either, his career petering out in what can only be called disappointment. But he was a big time quarterback for a reason. On the field, he was not the physical presence that Townsend was – tackling him would have been no problem – but he got rid of the ball fast and threw it on a line to the right guy. His offensive line looked smaller and fatter, but Bennett simply did not need the time, and his line held up surprisingly well as the game went on.
I must admit that as impressive as he was, I assumed that when you joined the Stockholm Mean Machines, your NFL dreams were over. Also, and I grant that the Swedish setting sets expectations lower, he did not look like, say, Kurt Warner – who I saw play the fall before in Phoenix.
But then a few days ago, my blog traffic shot up. Turns out that Bennett got a shot at the Detroit Lions rookie camp, and someone on a Georgia Tech football page linked to my post from last fall.
Yes, believe it or not, Georgia Tech football is immensely more popular than a blog chronicling Swedish paternity leave and pushing for better parental leave in the U.S.
Shocking, I know, but true.
Turns out that Bennett has gotten into law school and is still quarterbacking the Mean Machines, who got to play in a big European league this year (they lost to the German champs) and are ranked 13th in Europe.
But he also got his Lions tryout. Funny that his three-year roommate at Georgia Tech is Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson.
From what I read, the Lions will likely not keep an extra quarterback for their training camp, so Bennett will likely return to Stockholm, where the Mean Machines kick off their season this Saturday in a rematch of the last fall’s championship game.