Fred Bennett (born December 31, 1983) is a gridiron football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of South Carolina.
Bennett has been a member of the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Bennett played high school football at Manning High School in South Carolina. He played football, basketball, and ran track. He was also selected to participate in the 2001 Shrine Bowl.
Bennett played college football at the University of South Carolina. He finished his career with 108 tackles, nine interceptions, and was a two-time All-American selection.
Bennett was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 4th-round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He replaced the injured Dunta Robinson in his rookie season, recording 62 tackles and intercepting three passes.
After being waived in August 2010, he was claimed by the Chargers and spent the first four games of the 2010 season as a backup and special teams player.
After being cut by San Diego, Bennett was claimed on November 23, 2010 by the Cincinnati Bengals to replace injured cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Bennett was released on August 27, 2011.
On August 29, 2011, Bennett signed with the Arizona Cardinals. He was waived on September 2.
On May 22, 2012, Bennett signed with the Calgary Stampeders. In his first three seasons in the CFL, Bennett totaled 129 tackles, five special teams tackles, nine interceptions and one fumble recovery. Bennett was named a 2014 West Division All-Star and won a Grey Cup later that season. On February 3, 2015, Bennett and the Stamps agreed to a contract extension.
On August 16, 2016, Bennett was traded, along with Jeff Hecht, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two negotiation-list players. He was released by the Roughriders on February 1, 2017.