Fun-loving Benedict was considered prime draft prospect

There was so much life running through Heath Benedict, and it was supposed to be just the first quarter. But the prospect's life ended tragically on the eve of the NFL draft.

Originally Published: May 1, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

An hour after the Senior Bowl ended, Ladd-Peebles Field was empty, save for a smattering of people braving the cold, rainy Mobile, Ala., night.

One of the few signs that a football game had been played recently was the sight of Heath Benedict, the lone NCAA Division II player featured in the January game that kicks off the offseason NFL draft scouting frenzy.

Benedict simply wouldn't leave the field. The Newberry (S.C.) College star was having too much fun. About 45 of Benedict's ...

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