Bears Vs. Packers: Cedric Benson Says He's Grown Up Since Leaving Chicago

Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson is one of a host of Chicago Bears first-round draft picks who never came close to living up to expectations. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 draft never ran for more than 700 yards in a season in his three years in the Windy City before the team severed ties with him and he caught on with the Cincinnati Bengals. Reflecting on his time in Chicago before the Packers host the Bears, Benson chalked his poor performances up to immaturity.

"I'm 29 now. I think at the time I was like 24, 25 maybe. You know I was a young man. I've grown up a lot since then."

(via the Chicago Sun-Times)

Benson posted three 1,000-yard seasons as a Bengal, but had a lackluster debut with the Packers, rushing for only 18 yards on nine carries.

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