Cleveland Browns wide receiver/kick returning Travis Benjamin told Browns.com that he got fast by chasing rabbits in Belle Glade, Florida when they would scatter from the local cane fields.
“When you burn the cane, the rabbits are going to scatter out,” Benjamin said. “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.”
Benjamin’s teammates refer to him has “rabbit” after hearing his story.
Benjamin returned seven punts for 179 yards and two touchdowns last week and has a total of 17 returns for 256 yards and a touchdown for the season so far.
There’s no doubt that Benjamin was a difference maker in last week’s win over the Bills. It looks like Cleveland has found their replacement for Josh Cribbs.