Ten years ago, former Wisconsin running back Michael Bennett was in the midst of an NFL Pro Bowl season with the Minnesota Vikings. That heyday seems like even longer ago after the 34-year-old Bennett was sentenced to 15 months in jail for taking part in a tax fraud scheme.
Bennett, who last played in the NFL in 2010 with the Oakland Raiders, plead guilty to wire fraud three months ago. Prosecutors say that Bennett was part of a group of eight people – including two former football players, William Joseph and Louis Gacheline – who cashed roughly $500,000 in fraudulent tax refund checks at an FBI undercover checking-cashing store in North Miami.
In Madison, Bennett spent his first two collegiate seasons backing up 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. When finally given a chance to start in his junior season, Bennett ran for 1,592 yards and ten touchdowns, leading the Vikings to draft him with their first round pick in 2001. Michael Bennett profile