Geoff Calkins: Ex-Vol Dave Bennett locked in biggest battle yet

Editor's note: Former Vol Dave Bennett died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, Here is a story The Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins wrote in 2011 when Bennett was diagnosed with ALS.

He wiped out on a snowboard. The last day of the trip. Doesn't it always work out that way?

"It was a bad fall," said Paige Bennett. "He got a concussion."

Yeah, well, it wasn't his first one of those. Dave Bennett used to collect them all the time when he played football at Tennessee. He was a safety. Which is a strange word for the position, honestly, because nothing much was safe when Bennett was involved.

"He was the headhunter," said Paige.

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Comments » 5

TommyJack writes:

NO one deserves ALS.

NashvillePreds writes:

Very sad.
RIP Dave.


Still remember him during the Notre Dame game at South Bend while UT was coming from behind and he was talking to the tv cameras saying "There ain't no ghosts here."

pingkr62 writes:

Very sad news. I remember him well.

NGage writes:

He was a good guy. Knew him back in the day. Sorry to hear of this, and sorry for his family's loss. May he RIP.

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