Travis Benjamin got fast by chasing rabbits

AP

In Rocky II, the title character builds speed by chasing a chicken.  Browns receiver Travis Benjamin took on an even bigger challenge to help hone his speed.

Benjamin maximized his speed and agility by chasing rabbits.

He did it while growing up in Florida, catching them as they escaped burning cane field.

“When you burn the cane, the rabbits are going to scatter out,” Benjamin tells the team’s official website.  “When you see the rabbits scatter out, you go chase them.  I saw a guy catch at least 60 or 70 in a day, and he was out there by himself.  It was some local guy, and for fun, he’d just go out there and catch them all.

“When I was growing up, it used to be a thing.  We have a tradition that we’d go out there and catch rabbits.  I caught 20 in one day before.  There’s nothing to it once you know the tendencies, what the rabbit’s going to do, when they’re going to come out.  It’s a great feeling.  It’s just about going out there and having fun with it.”

Now, Benjamin is the rabbit, running with the ball on punt returns.  He set a franchise single-game record with 179 yards nine days ago.  And his teammates call him “The Rabbit.”

“I had been fortunate to be around some guys that were really fast,” coach Rob Chudzinski said.  “I know Travis’ nickname is ‘The Rabbit,’ so you don’t need to say much more in terms of where he would rank with those guys.  But when you grow up chasing rabbits, you’re going to be pretty fast, and he is.”

He’ll get another chance on Sunday to use his God-given and rabbit-aided abilities on Sunday, when the Browns host a team named for an animal that knows a thing or two about devouring rabbits.

35 responses to “Travis Benjamin got fast by chasing rabbits

  1. Logicalvoice chased snipes when he was a kid. Never caught one, but he sure tried. Now he’s going after Daniel Snyder. Might catch him. Might not.

  2. I remember one year, I believe it was sometime during the pro bowl, the NFL actually had an unofficial competition to see who ran the fastest in the NFL. I think it was CB Allen Rossum that took the crown that year. I’d like to see something like this happen again and if I had to throw a few guesses out there as to who are the very fastest players in the game today, I would probably go with DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson, Mike Wallace, and my sleeper pick has to be the former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps. All these guys must have been bunny-hungry growing up…

  3. pigskin28 says:
    Oct 12, 2013 4:35 PM
    Greatest thing I ever read.
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    No offense, but you must not read much.

  4. I read a similar story a few years back in SI and it featured an article about how guys like Anquan Boldin and Reggie Wayne did the same thing so I see they have passed the torch.

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:50 PM

    I remember one year, I believe it was sometime during the pro bowl, the NFL actually had an unofficial competition to see who ran the fastest in the NFL. I think it was CB Allen Rossum that took the crown that year. I’d like to see something like this happen again and if I had to throw a few guesses out there as to who are the very fastest players in the game today, I would probably go with DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson, Mike Wallace, and my sleeper pick has to be the former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps. All these guys must have been bunny-hungry growing up…

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    Devin Hester would leave them in the dust.

  6. [quote]wearethesteelers says: Oct 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    pigskin28 says:
    Oct 12, 2013 4:35 PM
    Greatest thing I ever read.
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    No offense, but you must not read much.[/quote]

    It’s called hyperbole son. If you read enough you’d know it’s modus operandi here.

  7. Old news we’ve heard this story for 20 years and my question is still the same .. why the hell didn’t they keep running? ??
    If you’ve ever been to the lake okeechobee area you’d ask the same, the only thing good to every come from there are football players and Roland Martin’s old fishing show .

  8. Although Suh, and Fairley look like they could smash 30 rabbits in one sitting, they won’t be catching benjamin unless one of their teammates has him stacked up. Look for the Dawgs to tame the Motor City Kittys to the tune of 27-17 tomorrow.

  9. “and my sleeper pick has to be the former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps.”

    captainwisdom8888: You want to have a fastest man in the NFL competition and the Olympic sprinter is your sleeper pick? lol! He’d be the favorite to win.

    Also Trindon Holliday would have to be part of the competition.

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