Martellus Demond Bennett is an American retired football tight end. He began his ‘National Football League’ (NFL) career in 2008, when the ‘Dallas Cowboys’ drafted him at the 2008 ‘NFL Draft.’ He also played with ‘New York Giants,’ the ‘Chicago Bears,’ the ‘Green Bay Packers,’ and the ‘New England Patriots.’ He is the younger brother of ‘New England Patriots’ defensive end Michael Bennett. Though he had a flourishing career, it had its share of troubles in the form of recurring injuries and controversies. After retiring as an accomplished sportsperson in 2018, he is now pursuing creative professions such as writing, filmmaking, and singing. He also turned an entrepreneur by launching his own creative firm, ‘The Imagination Agency.’
Childhood & Early Life
Bennett was born to Caronda and Michael Bennett, on March 10, 1987, on a naval base in San Diego, California.
He grew up in Houston, Texas, where he attended the ‘Alief Taylor High School.’ During his high-school days, he played football and also excelled in basketball.
While in high school, Bennett was part of the starting line-up. He was selected as the tight end for the ‘All-District’ and the ‘All-Greater Houston’ teams.
From his sophomore year to his senior year, Bennett had an impressive record. In tenth grade, he averaged 12.4 yards per catch. In eleventh grade, he grabbed 13 passes for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. In twelfth grade, he caught a team-high of 42 receptions for 487 yards and 6 touchdowns. This performance helped him secure first-team ‘Class 5A’ state honors from the ‘Texas Sports Writers Association’ and an opportunity to play at the 2005 ‘US Army All-American Bowl.’
Ranked the number-one tight end and the number-eight player by ‘Rivals.com,’ Bennett was a promising college prospect. He enrolled at ‘Texas A&M University.’ He finished the freshman year with 18 catches for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Bennett’s performance of 38 receptions for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns in the sophomore season included his career-high score of 133 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 catches, against the ‘Baylor Bears’ on October 28, 2006. This achievement helped him earn the ‘Mackey Award Player of the Week.’ His sophomore season ended with the ‘All-Big 12 Second Team’ honors. After the season, he recorded a rap song titled ‘Throw Me the Ball, Coach’ and later remixed it with his teammates.
The junior season saw him taking 49 catches for 587 yards and 4 touchdowns. After learning that he might be picked in the first or the second round of the ‘NFL Draft,’ he skipped the final-year season and made himself available for the draft. Bennett’s three-season stint with the university finished with a tally of 105 receptions for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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The ‘Dallas Cowboys’ picked Bennett in the second round of the 2008 ‘NFL Draft.’ They offered him a 4-year contract on July 24. In his debut season, he finished with 20 catches for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The 2009 season was a forgettable one, as Bennett could only muster 15 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns. The 2010 season saw him take 33 receptions for 260 yards and no touchdowns. In the 2011 season, he was plagued by injuries and thus could not play a few matches in the pre-season and the regular season. That year, which was also his last with the ‘Cowboys,’ he ended with 17 catches for 144 yards and no touchdowns.
After moving to the ‘New York Giants’ on a year-long contract of $2.5 million in 2012, he closed the season with 55 catches for 626 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Bennett signed a 4-year deal with the ‘Chicago Bears’ and began playing for them in the 2013 season, finishing with 65 receptions for 759 yards, including his first multi-touchdown against the ‘Minnesota Vikings.’
The next season turned out to be a controversial one for Bennett, as he was suspended for a tussle with teammate Kyle Fuller. Despite the suspension, Bennett concluded the season with 90 receptions for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns, beating the record of the most catches in a season for the ‘Bears,’ held by Mike Ditka. His exploits earned him a place in the 2015 ‘Pro Bowl.’
The year 2015 was not a good year for Bennett. He suffered from recurring injuries and was placed on the injured reserve list. The infighting with his teammates, coaches, and general manager further deteriorated his relationship with the ‘Bears.’
The ‘Bears’ exchanged him with the ‘New England Patriots’ for the 2016 season. He finished the season with 55 catches for 701 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also played for the ‘Patriots’ and won the ‘Super Bowl LI 2017.’ His contribution, in a thriller of a game, was 5 catches for 62 yards. They scored a 34–28 victory against the ‘Atlanta Falcons’ during overtime. The game entered the books of ‘Superbowl’s history, as it was the first game to be won during overtime and also the most massive comeback. He achieved these feats in spite of battling ankle and shoulder injuries.
Although Bennett was picked by the ‘Green Bay Packers’ in 2017, he was waived by them for not declaring a medical condition designation. In November 2017, he returned to the ‘New England Patriots.’ However, with injuries continuing to haunt him, the team placed him on the injured reserve list. On March 7, 2018, he was released by the ‘Patriots.’ He declared his retirement on March 23, 2018.
Bennett is now working toward the growth of his creative company, ‘The Imagination Agency,’ and has a lot of projects in the pipeline.
Family & Personal Life
Bennett has five siblings. After his mother abandoned them, he was raised by his father and his new partner, whom Bennett considered his mother.
Bennett got married to Sigourney “Siggi” Walker in 2011, after dating her for more than 3 years. They have a daughter named Austyn Jett Rose Bennett.
Siggi graduated from the ‘Sarah Lawrence College’ in 2010. She also attended ‘Marin Academy.’ She is the co-founder of the children’s fashion brand ‘Halfsies Kids.’
Bennett and his brother, Michael, played together for the ‘Texas A&M University’ between 2006 and 2008.
Controversial statements have been characteristic of Bennett’s career. His ‘YouTube’ video “Black Olympics” and his interview showcasing his comments on Tony Romo are instances of the same.
Bennett, along with his brother Reshaud Bennett, had released an album named ‘Fast Food’ in March 2012. They re-released it in 2014. He also released a mixtape named ‘Year of the Orange Dinosaur’ the same year. It was available for free on ‘Twitter.’
‘Zoovie,’ an animated movie, in which Bennett starred along with rapper Asher Roth and TV personality Cari Champion, was released in 2015. He explored his writing skills by authoring the children’s book ‘Hey A.J. It’s Saturday’ in 2016.