Ray Bentley

Bentley said the training camp with the Panthers was the toughest pro camp he went through

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Ray Bentley came out of Central Michigan and chose to play with the Panthers to be close to his ailing father, Rahn. Most collegiate players signed with USFL teams because the money was better, but Bentley wanted to remain in his native Michigan – a choice he never regretted.
Bentley remembers when 150 guys tried out for the Panthers in Daytona Beach, Fla., during February of 1983. “It was probably the toughest week of my life,” he says.  “We hit every play; it was Old School; coach Jim Stanley was one of those tough country-boys. The last man standing at the end of the week made the team.”

Bentley, who suffered through seven NFL training camps, felt the most difficult camps were his first two years with the Panthers. “The toughest camp was the first one with the Panthers,” he says, as 15 linebackers were vying for  starting spots.  “It was a real trying experience, but very rewarding.”

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