You can debate his play on the field and the number of carries he receives all you want, but you cannot question the leadership of Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who almost immediately became a strong veteran presence on a team that was still learning to win.
So it comes as not surprise that Green-Ellis faces is receiving a little more attention this week as he prepares to face his old team that happens to play in the city that some of our country’s first and greatest leaders came from.
He’s using “leadership” as the basis of his conversations with the students at eighth-grade social studies classes at St. Andrew School:
“A leader is someone you can depend on, always looking for the better whole of the class,” said Green-Ellis, the player whose long, official-sounding name has given him the nickname “The Law Firm.” “He or she puts the class first and isn’t just running for [class] president to get their picture in the class yearbook.
If you don’t trust in your leaders, you fall by the wayside. You’re just as important as the leaders. The followers are just as important as the leaders, because that’s who’s going to help them out. You can’t just follow them 85 percent. If you trust them, trust in their decisions that they’re making, it has to be 100 percent.”
With the Bengals starring a 2-3 start in the face if they lose Sunday to his former team, he’ll need to step-up and make the most out of what carries he does get Sunday while helping get this offense back on track after they looked lost and disinterested last week.