• Former player signs 1-day contract so he can go to jail as a Bengal

    Benny Arnold, a 2nd round draft pick in 1981, signed a one-day contract in a ceremony at Bengals' headquarters before being whisked off to prison by sheriff's deputies. In a brief, mostly unintelligible speech, Arnold said that he always felt like a Bengal at heart, even though he never actually played in a regular season game for the team that drafted him. "Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another," said the confused and possibly intoxicated former player.

    Arnold was sentenced to 2 years in prison after being found guilty of 3 counts of regicide.

    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      boring day at work?
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Just my response to the silliness of players signing a contract to retire with a particular team. I was originally going to have a terminally ill player sign a 1-day contract so he could die as a member of his original team, but that seemed a little dark. Plus I wasn't sure if he'd have to repay a portion of his signing bonus if he died before the end of the day.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      I actually like the 1 day contracts as long as its a "legend" of the team and not just some random player.
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      I suppose if it was limited to players like Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith I might see some value in it.

      Scott Fujita, who inspired this article, played 4 of his 11 seasons with the Saints.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      I just signed a one-day deal with my first employer, Superfly Allnite Disco in DC. I'm hanging up my dancing shoes. I try not to be bitter, but those besterds fired me because I couldn't make a Hollandaise sauce. At 3am, does anyone seriously care if the Hollandaise is lumpy or broken? Of course not. At 3am, they can't even pronounce Hollandaise. This summer, I'm signing a one-day deal with my next employer, the Capital Ice Company. I'll hoist a ceremonial 5lb bag of ice onto a pallet, then I'm done with ice forever.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
      I suppose if it was limited to players like Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith I might see some value in it.

      Scott Fujita, who inspired this article, played 4 of his 11 seasons with the Saints.
      When I read the OP, I KNEW it was in reference to fujita, what a joke. Saints fans don't care. He wasn't very good, and little of his career was played there.

      Only top tier guys should be given this option. Guys like rice or emmitt, or on a lower level guys like joey porter. Guys endeared to the fan base. Why bother with a fujita or kordell Stewart?? Guys the fan base didn't care for at all..

      It's all part of the media relations machine the NFL has become. Hardcore fans hate it, but it is what it is...
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      These would be much better if each average to good player that did this hired a high school marching band and did a slow parade in the city.
    1. edave's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post
      It's all part of the media relations machine the NFL has become. Hardcore fans hate it, but it is what it is...
      Please learn to speak for yourself and not the rest of the world.

      This hardcore fan likes the custom and in this particular case, the idea was suggested by Saints.