Former Bills Linebacker Cornelius Bennett Sings for a Great Cause
Cornelius Bennett was teammates with Jim Kelly for a long time in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. While they didn’t play on the same side of the ball, with Kelly a quarterback and Bennett a linebacker, the two did develop a strong friendship.
Bennett was on hand at Jim Kelly’s 26th annual Celebrity Golf Classic in June, which took place in Buffalo to benefit sick children as well as raise awareness for Krabbe disease, which Kelly’s son Hunter passed away from at the age of eight. He appreciated the good work that the hosts had done.
“It’s just a tribute to Jim and his great work of his charities here in Buffalo, the love that the people have for the Buffalo Bills and Jim Kelly. It’s awesome. He’s the best. The whole Kelly family,” Bennett told Class Act Sports.
The five-time Pro Bowler also made the 1990’s NFL All-Decade team and was the 1988 AFC Defensive Player of the Year. When he wasn’t golfing or talking to old friends and teammates, Bennett was singing, which is his second passion behind football.
“I’ve always loved to sing, coming from the South. I always used to sing around the locker room, and Thurman [Thomas] and Nate Odomes and Bruce [Smith] and Darryl [Talley] always told me one day when we’re getting old, we’re going to walk in a bar somewhere and see you sitting up on the stool with a cigarette and a glass of cognac singing the blues or whatever,” Bennett said.
Class Act Sports got footage of Bennett singing the blues, and he said he hopes to land some more gigs in the near future.
“In the last couple of years I’ve been able to get out in public and do it. So it’s just something I’ve been able to do over the last couple of years. I’m getting over stage fright. I think I’m pretty good. It’s so cool to get out and be able to do it though for a good cause,” Bennett told Class Act Sports.