IRVING, Texas - An NFL agent once told me if you are being paid to play football you are doing pretty well. Ben Bass may never be the second coming of Harvey Martin, but the man is collecting a check to play football. Not many people who ever play football can say that.
This week, the size of Bass's check just increased by a large amount.
Bass was elevated from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to the active roster after the team lost Kenyon Coleman to a season-ending, torn triceps injury. At 6-foot-5, 295 pounds Bass has the ideal frame to be an NFL player.
Only the diehard Texas A&M Aggie fan knows Ben Bass, and even the diehards may not remember much about him. He started one time last season as a senior in College Station. He was not drafted and only after a tryout with the Cowboys during the rookie mini-camp did he sign with the team.
Now he is expected to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
In 2009, Bass was kicked out of school because of bad grades. Then coach Mike Sherman told him if he brought his grades up, he could return. Most of the time when that happens the player is never heard from again.
In his year away from Texas A&M, Bass attended Blinn Junior College in nearby Brenham and brought his grades up. Then Sherman told Bass he had to make a pitch to the defensive coaches, who did bring him back.
Now he is an active NFL player. This never happens.
"It was a great example of a guy who came in and just took advantage of an opportunity," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a guy that we liked, but literally from Day 1 that he belonged here in some way, shape or form. He kinda came from nowhere and showed us that he deserves to be on this football team."
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