Last night’s ESPN E:60 feature story on Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and his older brother, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, was quite entertaining.
Both Bennett brothers are extremely outspoken. “I always encouraged them to be themselves,” said their father, Michael Bennett, Sr. “Like Martellus’ favorite quote. ‘If you can’t be yourself, who can?’
“When you look at us, you see my dad. Raw and uncut. True, honest, genuine and loving,” Martellus said. “”I don’t believe in conformity. We try to change the culture, change the mindset. That’s just how we were raised.”
Bennett is thriving this season in his first season with the New England Patriots. The pro bowl tight end had a 6-catch, 67-yard, 3-touchdown performance in Tom Brady’s season debut Sunday in which the Pats thumped the Cleveland Browns, 33-13.
During the E:60 feature, ESPN’s Mina Kimes asked Bennett to associate words with several NFL figures. When Brady was mentioned, Bennett responded: “Kind of like the snow leopard that you never get to see. You have to stay outside for a year just to get a photo of it.”
“The difference between me and Tom Brady: Tom has a sexy voice. I talked to Tom on the phone. I was like, ‘Baby,’ I told my wife, ‘Tom has a sexy voice.'”
Bennett called JJ Watt, “corny.” He went in on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, particularly his leadership capabilities, and the entire Chicago Bears organization, while also spewing choice words about Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and head coach Jason Garrett.
Perhaps Bennett’s best quote from the feature was a happier sentiment, though: “I believe in essentialism. So I only do what I want to do. And I only keep things around me that are essential to my life.”