Tarik Cohen picks up tips — and the tab — with Benny Cunningham as mentor

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:21:41 AM. Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen visited the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute to talk to students about how to prepare for their futures, but he also discussed how some veterans are helping him adjust to the NFL.
Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen was ready to talk to young men at Bronzeville Scholastic Institute Tuesday about preparing for life’s challenges, but he also revealed which teammate has most helped him make the leap to the pro game. “Really I look at Benny Cunningham for all the advice,” ue. He always tells me I'm just like him when he came in, so I really just look to him,” Cohen said before he sat down with students enrolled in the Becoming a Man program. Those pro tips come with a cost, though.. “He's my next-door neighbor. He's always over my house eating my food and playing my (video) game. … He try to leech off me. Last time we went out he done ‘forgot’ his wallet accidentally. Rookie duties,though. Rookie duties.” Cohen also talked to reporters about participating in the Bears School Outreach Program, the recent dip in his game reps and his influences as a teen. On his impact on the young men at Tuesday’s outreach visit. “I realize it when I think back and just think about the people who influenced me in my life when I was their age and just look at the people that I looked up to, which were athletes and people with success. That's really the message I need to get across to them. … Nothing worth having is going to come easy. You just gotta work for it and always have a positive mindset day in and day out.” On getting fewer offensive snaps and touches “I just feel like defenses are starting to scheme for me so if I get double-teamed it's just going to open things...Read more
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