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LeCharles Bentley trains Lions rookie, thinks he’ll be “special”

Larry Warford AP

LeCharles Bentley, the former Pro Bowl center for the Saints, now works as a personal trainer specializing in getting offensive linemen into NFL shape. And he says he hasn’t seen many linemen like Lions rookie Larry Warford.

Bentley told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that as soon as Warford’s senior season at Kentucky ended last year, he moved to Arizona to train with Bentley. And when the holidays came around, that’s when Bentley realized what kind of work ethic Warford has.

“Larry says, ‘Hey, we’re training on Christmas, right?’ Wow,” Bentley recalled of Warford insisting he didn’t want any days off. “He could have gone and ate cake and stuff and had a good old time on Christmas Day, but Larry Warford wanted to come into the gym and work on Christmas Day. And not do arms and not do upper body, he wanted to do legs. There aren’t many players that want to train legs on any given day, especially on Christmas Day.”

So Warford and Bentley spent Christmas Day together, doing squats and watching film.

“At that point in time, I said, ‘OK, there’s something here that can be pretty special,’” Bentley said.

Warford also cleaned up his diet while working with Bentley, and although Warford is a naturally enormous man who will never be thin, he got down to 330 pounds, after being listed at Kentucky at 343.

“He’s never going to look like a running back,” Bentley said of Warford. “That’s just the reality. He’s never going to look like Calvin Johnson, that’s just genetically what he is. He’s an endomorph in terms of his body composition, and that’s just genetics. But he can be the best looking endomorph he can be. He can be the best that he can be, and he’s not there yet, but I can guarantee you he’s going to be there.”

The Lions, who lost three starters from last year’s offensive line and didn’t sign anyone to replace them, need Warford to be there right away. Bentley is helping make that happen.

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17 Responses to “LeCharles Bentley trains Lions rookie, thinks he’ll be “special””
  1. dankinator says: May 9, 2013 12:05 PM

    I’m telling everyone now, Warford will be considered a steal in this draft in years to come. He’s an absolute beast that can play all over the line.

    Go Big Blue!!

  2. hbdbrowns33 says: May 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    Love this guy. I’m really upset the Browns didn’t get him because he is going to be a really good run blocker and is going to open big holes for Bush.

  3. butlers91 says: May 9, 2013 12:17 PM

    Good, we need him.

  4. joshuas82 says: May 9, 2013 12:22 PM

    LeCharles Bentley trains Lions rookie, thinks he’ll soon be “arrested”

  5. walkinginthewasteland says: May 9, 2013 12:26 PM

    Hey LeCharles! Just keep the kid away from the Cleveland Clinic. But I guess I dont have to tell you that…

  6. cpo187 says: May 9, 2013 12:34 PM

    LeCharles joins the “staph” to train rookies

  7. b8matt says: May 9, 2013 12:35 PM

    Martin Mayhew is under federal investigation. The crime: Stealing so many picks in this years draft.

    HOLY CRAP!

  8. cpo187 says: May 9, 2013 12:50 PM

    The thing that sucks for Detroit fans is hope. Every year all the analysts predict that “this” is the year Detroit makes a huge splash…but it never happens. With so much talent, what’s the problem?
    Looking at their roster they should be at least .500 this year, could be 11-5, but will probably somehow end up 5-11. It never makes sense.

  9. lks311 says: May 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    If any franchise/fans needs a break it’s the Detroit Lions. Hope he turns out to be the real deal…and a steal to boot.

  10. djigel says: May 9, 2013 1:13 PM

    I will be using the word “endomorph” for a solid three weeks now….

  11. jacunn2000 says: May 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    LeCharles.. Sometimes Charles just isn’t enough.

  12. Slim Charles says: May 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    Glad to see this guy getting a second career after the Browns ruined his.

  13. ningenito78 says: May 9, 2013 2:00 PM

    Do his clients get free staph infections with their membership?

  14. mz1394 says: May 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Because being a gym rat always translates into being a good nfl player just ask the greats like mike mamula and Vernon gholston

  15. granadafan says: May 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    Can we can an all Le/La team? LeCharles, LeSean, LaMichael, etc.

  16. kuranda84 says: May 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    Sounds like the Lions grabbed a great player. Good work.

  17. footballfather says: May 10, 2013 1:06 PM

    @dankinator – As a Lions fan, I like your enthusiasm….but there is absolutely no way Warford will play anywhere other than Guard in the NFL.

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