VMUPCLOSE Up Close and Personal with Tampa Bay Bucs Wide Receiver
JOURNALIST JENNIFER ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY RUSLANA PANOV
orn in Washington, D.C., Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2010 and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for the past three years. Arrelious is 6’2 at 220 pounds and wears jersey #17.
Since the age of 6, playing in the backyard with his siblings, his love for football has always remained consistent. In college, Benn played 3 years for the Illinois Fighting Illini- also as a wide receiver. I got to sit down with Arrelious recently and talked to him about not only Arrelious Benn’s car of choice, The 2012 Maserati his personal life, but also his sense of style and fashion. Quattroporte MC Sports Edition White “My biggest achievement this far in my career is that I was able to go from starting off rocky, to then turn things around and making a big impact. What helps is I stay focused, maintain my workouts, diet and of course-rest my body. “ Even though football players have a strenuous schedule of long workouts and daily games, any “off ” time they have is rare but appreciated. “On my off time, I like to play video or board games, especially Monopoly. I also like to read books on everyday living, “how to” books and books on bettering yourself. If I were not a football player, I would have probably become a teacher for elementary school, maybe even in history. Hanging out with my family is important as well. I have an uncle that lives in Florida, but the rest of my family lives in Washington, D.C, where I stay in the off season.” “My main goal is to take one game at a time. I stay in the moment and approach each game or practice like it was my last. When it comes to my passions or dreams, I am very passionate about uplifting others, especially single mothers. I was raised by a single mother with 5 boys and I want to give back; one day I hope to on launch an organization to do just that.” “My overall style in clothing is not too loud and mostly all black, like Kanye West. I love Balmain Mens Jeans, Christian Louis Vuitton Sneakers, Balancia T Shirts and Givenchy T Shirts.”
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“I am very passionate about uplifting others, especially single mothers. I was raised by a single mother with 5 boys and I want to give back; one day I hope to on launch an organization to do just that.”
Published on Oct 23, 2012