BenJarvus Green-Ellis was ‘Intrigued’ to Play with a Young Bengals team and Regrets not being Able to Get Mr. Kraft a Super Bowl
The Cincinnati Bengals have been led by Cedric Benson over the last four seasons in rushing, but they just replaced him with another running back who was becoming increasingly more important in the Patriots offense. BenJarvus Green-Ellis inked a three-year deal with the Bengals. The Law Firm has put up 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons and hasn’t lost a fumble. Green-Ellis was a well respected man in the Patriots locker room and looks to bring his hard work ethic to a young Bengals offense looking to take the next step.BenJarvus Green-Ellis joined ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati with Mo Egger to discuss his attraction to the Cincinnati Bengals, his role in the Bengals offense, the Bengals being a hungry football team, integrating with young players like Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and not being able to bring a Super Bowl to Robert Kraft in his last season with the Pats.
What attracted you to Cincinnati?
“I was just intrigued by the fact that to just go play with a young football team that never ever won. It seemed like they are working hard all trying to obtain one goal and that play winning football. Coach Lewis and his staff and Coach Gruden and Mr.Brown and all those people with the Bengals when I went there and I really enjoyed myself and I felt like there was no place elsewhere I could fit in and hopefully I go in and work hard and all that.”
Have Marvin Lewis and Jay Gruden talked to you about your role in the offense?
“I’m just trying to come in man and just work hard and do whatever they ask me to. I don’t care what they ask me to do like run, catch, block. I’ll do whatever they want me to do and try to go out and give 110% effort.”
As you played for the Patriots were the Bengals a team you paid attention to all the time?
“Well, being an NFL player I see all the teams play each and every year through film study. Obviously I’ve seen Cincinnati on film before, but I’ve obviously watched them and seen the way they have been working hard as a team and everyone seems like they are trying to obtain one goal and that’s winning, so that’s the only thing I am here for to help the Cincinnati Bengals win some more football games.”
How exciting is it to play with young guys like Andy Dalton and A.J. Green who are just developing?
“I thought it would be fun for all of us to develop as a team together and grow together in this league. This offense isn’t only A.J. and Andy and the guys. It’s Bernard Scott and Jermaine Gresham and all the guys they have on offense and all the guys they have on defense. I’ve seen how hard everyone has been working to get to where they are today and I thought I could come in and help myself and just try to do my part to contribute to more wins.”
Can you talk about your emotions in the Super Bowl loss and the days following it?
“It was a hard-fought and competitive game that we just didn’t come out on top of. I congratulate the New York Football Giants on winning a Super Bowl this year and being a champion. I felt like they were the one team that were champions and there were 31 losers and we were one of them this year, but we worked hard to get to where we were and we just didn’t come away with everything we wanted. That’s the only one regret that I have in all my years in the league was this past season and not being able to bring home that Super Bowl to Mr.Kraft. I felt like that was one of the things to help ease his pain going through everything with his wife, so that was one of my only regrets about leaving New England and not bringing Mr.Kraft that Super Bowl this past season.”