About Benny the Bull

About Benny

about benny

Over the years the Benny family has shown us several looks and styles that reflected the life and culture of the time they lived and performed in. Starting in the late 60's, as the first mascot to ever roam the side lines of an NBA game, Benny's great grandfather enjoyed many freedoms NBA mascots don't have today. Arguing calls, sitting on the baskets and jumping through hoops of fire are a thing of the past. However, back when Great Grandpa Benny was working the fans in old Chicago Stadium, the only rule was just don't bite anyone.

As years passed and the family business was handed down from Benny to Benny to Benny, the art of entertaining sports fans evolved into a league wide phenomenon. Nearly every team had a wild animal of some sort keeping fans engaged during time outs, halftimes and city events. From stunts, to comedy acts, dance routines, pictures, autographs, merchandise and world travel... the NBA mascot was here to stay.

In 2004 the torch (trampoline) was passed to the current Benny we know and love today. The Bulls felt it was a good idea to keep Benny slim and in good shape because we want Benny to be a role model for kids and adults to be active, eat well, and be healthy. Thus, Benny looks a little different than his predecessor from the 1990s.

Today, Benny can be seen at events all over the Chicagoland area, keeping up with the latest trends on social media, and entertaining fans right at home in the United Center.

about ransom

What’s a Bull without his Right-Hand Man? Ransom is Benny’s assistant, chauffeur, translator, life coach, groomer, karate instructor, popcorn popper, silly string holder, and so much more. Anywhere Benny goes, Ransom is right there with him, so you can find him at every event and Bulls game chasing around his favorite Bull.

Benny and Gus T

Benny's Family

Mini Benny

Mini Benny

Big Ben

Big Ben

Benson

Benson

Gus T Bull

Gus T. Bull

Mama Betty

Mama Betty

Inflatabulls

Inflatabulls

Benny from the past holds a sign up for a Bulls Player

Benny through the years

Benny from the past
Benny from the past
Benny from the past
Benny from the past
Benny standing in front of a LED screen

Awards

Benny's shorty award
Shorty Awards 2020 - Best in Dance
Mascot Hall of Fame award
Mascot Hall of Fame Inductee 2017
Mascot of the Year award
Mascot of the Year 2015
Benny poses as the 12 Time NBA All Star Mascot
12-Time NBA All-Star Mascot
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