The bench press is probably the second most favorite or the most hated exercise in the world, depending on who you ask. The first one being, of course, the curl.
So, should you bench press? It all depends on what you are going for. It’s not a necessary exercise for everyone, as we are not really pushing things in every day life as we do during a bench press. On the other hand football players (especially lineman) really do benefit from this workout for obvious reasons. Moreover, if you are trying to bulk up and get really strong, bench press is definitely something you’d want to include in your routine because it is one of the best exercises for that (besides the squat).
Shoulder injuries are common and big concern for those who do not use the right technique. To make sure your technique is the proper one, check out Bench Press Secrets from Dru Patrick and learn from a world champion in bench pressing.
If you want to add benching to your current routine, make sure start with good technique, listen to your body, and be sure not to throw it on top of a bunch of other pressing exercises.