Darren Bennett, a native is Sydney, Australia, is a former Aussie Rules Football player turned NFL Punter who played for the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings. Darren played 11 seasons in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl and All Pro team twice, voted into the San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary team, and to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990's.
Bennett is credited for his introduction of the "Aussie Rules kick" or "Drop punt," as it is known in Australia, into the NFL. This technique was instrumental in the advancement of Australians into the NFL. Currently, half of the punters in the NFL make use of the Aussie Rules punt in pooch-punt situations.
Darren is the President of the Pro Player Foundation. The Foundation was formed after his oldest son, Will, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2003. The foundation creates and oversees a number of different projects that benefit Duchenne MD research and other child related causes. Along with his duties as President of Pro Player, Darren also finds time to be the Special Teams coach for the La Costa Canyon High School Football Team. His son Will, is considered an honorary player and Special Teams coach on the team. The foundations annual charity bowling event, JBowl, is co-hosted by Darren and Chargers defensive teammates Jacques Cesaire and Quentin Jammer. JBowl aims to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne MD and foster teens.
Darren and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Encinitas with their two sons, Will and Tom.
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