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MOBILE, Ala. – The news around former Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett hasn’t been pleasant, coming off his arrest in Dallas for public intoxication. It’s hard to play the ‘what if?’ game, but the question is hard to move past, as the Senior Bowl begins.
What if Stetson Bennett had accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl? After his arrest, on what would’ve been ‘arrival day’ for most participants, Bennett was being escorted out of a country jail in Dallas. The opportunity to play in this game and impress NFL scouts is what makes the Senior Bowl the top postseason game in the country.
STETSON BENNETT DECIDES NOT TO PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL
Speaking with OutKick 360 on Monday, executive director Jim Nagy discussed the process that went into Stetson Bennett not coming to Mobile, with an opportunity to play in the event.
“Was working through it with Stetson’s people, thought this game made a ton of sense for him. What he did in Athens was incredible, but Stetson Bennett with a chip on his shoulder is a different quarterback than he’s gonna wanna be in the NFL. The NFL wants a backup that’s dependable, stable, reliable, supportive of the starter and low ego.
“This was an opportunity for Stetson to turn the page on a great college career,” Jim Nagy explained. “It’s in the past now, he’s gotta look forward to what he’s gonna do in his pro career.”
Incident In Dallas For Stetson Bennett Could’ve Been Avoided
In regards to the situation of him being arrested early Sunday morning, it’s an unfortunate situation that Nagy feels he needs to handle his personal life.
“He could’ve really helped himself down here and he chose not to. I hate to see what happened, my phone was lighting up the other day and obviously he’s not in a great place, because that stuff doesn’t happen if you are,” Jim Nagy continued. “You shouldn’t opt-out of the Senior Bowl and then have that happened on the day of arrival. If he just comes to Mobile, then he doesn’t get in that trouble.I am concerned that Stetson’s in a great spot.”
It’s tough to see Stetson dealing with certain situations in his personal life, and hopefully he gets things figured out. Bennett has a bright future ahead of him, and the Senior Bowl could’ve helped him down his path.