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Get to know new Bengals CB Bene Benwikere

The newest Bengals cornerback loves giving back to the community, spending time with his adorable son and of course, playing football.

Recently-signed Bengals cornerback Bene Benwikere has had an interesting three year journey in the NFL. He started out with the Panthers in 2014 and also spent time with the Dolphins and Packers in 2016. Now, after working out for a few teams this offseason, he opted to sign with the Bengals. He’ll compete with a very talented group of cornerbacks for a spot on the Bengals’ 53-man roster in 2017, and he’s embracing the opportunity.

So, let’s get to know the newest member of the team!

Benwikere has a huge family! Here they are on draft day when Benwikere was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Family on draft day! We are all apart of #PantherNation now

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He graduated from San Jose State and, he actually went to high school at Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, California where many pro athletes have attended high school. Deon Figures (Steelers 1993 first round draft pick), Duke Ihenacho (Redskins safety), Marqise Lee (Jaguars wide receiver), Kris Richard (Seahawks defensive backs coach) and Robert Woods (Bills receiver) are just a few of the many notable athletic alumni from the school. Hip hop artist Montell Jordan also attended the school.

Graduation day

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He’s a family man.

One of my main supporters can't wait to get back to Cali to spend time with family!

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Benwikere enjoys hanging out with local youth.

Yesterday's activities had such fun with the kids

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And, giving back to the community.

He has an adorable, little son.

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Little man chilling with sir purr last week

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Caught him trying to put on his own shoe lol

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He likes riding horses:

And I got to meet and ride Delta with @jno24 today

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He formed a bond with his fellow Panthers defensive backs.

Hornets vs Knicks

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He was on the Panthers’ 2015 Super Bowl team, but, didn’t play in the game due to a broken leg.

Benwikere also got to meet Warriors all-star Steph Curry at a Hornets-Warriors game in 2015.

And... Kobe Bryant, too.

Also got to meet the man himself the black mamba

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That same night he also met Lakers guard Nick Young, who like Benwikere, is from California.

He’s also a magician... sort of.

After getting released after Week 4 during the 2016 season by the Panthers, Benwikere signed with the Dolphins.

And now with the Bengals, Benwikere is still determined to succeed.

Patience, persistent, with perseverance #Amen

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Hopefully, he’ll find the success he’s seeking in Cincinnati as he competes for a spot on the Bengals’ 2017 53-man roster.