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Jeff Benedict

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Child offers lesson in patience, forgiveness

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Deseret News
Published: January 2, 2013
By: Jeff Benedict


This story is about forgiveness.

We get our milk from an organic dairy farm. It's delivered to our home in bottles on a truck. On average, we drink one bottle per day.

Recently, my 12-year-old son Clancy dropped an unopened milk bottle on our marble countertop. The bottom shattered and a half-gallon of milk flowed down the face of the counter, into utensil drawers, onto the tile floor and under the stove, taking fragments and splinters of glass with it. You'd be surprised how much surface a half-gallon of milk can cover.

It was a Monday morning and I had been in the basement exercising. I had about 15 minutes before I needed to head off to work. So I was hustling to the shower when I passed through the kitchen and found my son on the verge of tears, standing alone in a pool of milk. Everyone else was upstairs getting ready for school.

 

 

Witnessing grief and compassion in Newtown

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Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, December 18 2012
By: Jeff Benedict 


Dave Checketts is not a professionally trained clergyman. The former chairman of Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks is currently CEO of Legends Hospitality, the concessions and merchandise company he jointly owns with the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys.

But he's also a lay minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with oversight of 10 Mormon congregations in Fairfield County, Conn., including the one in Newtown.

 

Jeff Benedict: Sports Illustrated to profile football odyssey of BYU's 'Ziggy' Ansah

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Deseret News
Published: November 29, 2012
By: Jeff Benedict


Jabari and Ziggy.

Two great names. You might think they are reggae singers or hip-hop performers. But if you are a BYU sports fan, you know better.

Jabari Parker is considered the best high school basketball player since LeBron James. He made a recruiting visit to BYU last week.

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah is a BYU football star from Africa, and he's projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

I've gotten to know Jabari and Ziggy pretty well. Six months ago, I wrote the Sports Illustrated cover story on Jabari. This week in Sports Illustrated, I've written a feature on Ziggy.

 

A writer's notebook: Young men's faith, determination made me a believer

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Published: September 19, 2012
By: Jeff Benedict


This story is about overcoming.

Recently, I was in Utah, profiling Mike Leach, the head coach at Washington State University. His team kicked off the college football season on ESPN against Brigham Young University in Provo. They got beat, 30-6.

Tough start. But you can't keep a good man down.

The morning after the game, I visited an old friend. His name is Levi Antoine. He lives near the BYU campus.

 

A writer's notebook: Adage is true — everyone needs somebody to love

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Deseret News
Published: September 9, 2012
By: Jeff Benedict

 

I'm running to Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." I'm in San Francisco. Blue sky. Setting sun. Only the peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge are visible as the fog rolls in. Surreal.

Earlier, I spoke to about 2,000 Mormon college students at a conference in Oakland. They attend Stanford, Berkeley and a slew of Bay Area schools. Smart, hip and driven, they are aspiring musicians, journalists, lawyers, filmmakers, doctors, fashion designers and entrepreneurs. They applauded me. But I bow to them. If Mitt Romney ever figured out how to marshal their talents, this sonic youth movement could rock the vote.

 
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including My Name Used to Be Muhammad and The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football. The System is being made into a television drama.

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