Ex-NFL DL Barry Bennett, Wife Found Dead in Home; Son Sought as Suspect

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1987, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals place kicker Jim Breech (3) and New York Jets' Barry Bennett (78) react after Bennett blocked his game winning field goal attempt as they watch Jets' Rich Miano pick up the ball and run 67 yards for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Authorities in Minnesota are investigating the deaths of a former NFL lineman and his wife and say the couple's son is a suspect. The bodies of 63-year-old Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol, were found Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, after a friend went to their home in Long Prairie for a welfare check. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)
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Former NFL defensive lineman Barry Bennett and wife Carol Bennett were found dead Wednesday at their home in Long Prairie, Minnesota. 

Todd County sheriff Todd Och told the Associated Press that Dylan John Bennett, the couple's 22-year-old son, is a suspect in the case and is being sought by local authorities.

Jon Kringen, the superintendent of the Long Prairie Grey Eagle School District, from which Barry Bennett retired after a second career as a physical education teacher, told Mary Lynn Smith of the Star Tribune the news "hit hard" Thursday morning in the small community.

"Everyone was in shock when they heard. It's impossible to comprehend that this could happen," Kringen said. "People are lost for understanding. ... He and his wife were good people."

Bennett, 63, was born in Minnesota and played college football for Concordia College in the state. He was a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 1978 NFL draft. He also played for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings during an 11-year professional career.

He retired after splitting the 1988 season between the Jets and Vikes.