Making a House Call

Ben House

By Craig Robbins

August 8, 2013 (Inglewood, CA) — After a long, successful and illustrious career, Inglewood Blackhawks defensive end Ben House  has decided to punch the clock and transition into life after football.

House began his extensive career with the world renown Southern California Steelers in 2003.  In the last fifteen years or so, football has developed a trend of undersized basketball players, particularly forwards, making the unbelievable transition to football and actually being successful.  Prior to becoming a standout semi-professional football player, House made his presences known on the hardwood, playing for the Winnipeg Cyclones of the Canadian Basketball League.

House became the Southern California Steelers’ version of Antonio Gates (SD Chargers TE, former college basketball player), averaging four catches for eighty yards per game as a first-year tight end, and being a key component in helping the Steelers winning back-to-back SWFL championships.

Taking advantage of House’s 6’6″ frame an long arms, the Steelers decided to use him on the defensive side of the ball to reek havoc on opposing quarterbacks. In 2006, in his first year at defensive end, House became the team’s defensive player of the year, compiling an astonishing 27 sacks, 68 tackles and 4 forced fumbles.

It is always said that winning begets winning, and when House decided to sign with the vaunted Inglewood Blackhawks as a free agent, the trend to continued to roll — House and the Blackhawks won an impressive undefeated national championship in 2012 , where he tallied 6 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

House tore his calf muscle at the beginning of the 2012 season.  “Then,  right after that, I had a high pectoral/bicep tear against the valley predators,” House said. He made valiant attempt to compete in 2013, but the pain and lack of strength from the previous injuries wasn’t enough  to strap on the pads one last time. “I plan on becoming the Tiger Woods of the miniature golf world, ” House said when discussing life after football.

House’s career is definitely something to be proud of, and his physical and emotional presence will be missed on Saturdays by his, now, former Blackhawks teammates.

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