Martellus Bennett is a former NFL player who played with the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots before retiring in March 2018. The former tight end began his professional career in 2008 after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft.
He won the Super Bowl LI, which was his first Super Bowl appearance with the New England Patriots. Although Bennett had 5 receptions for 62 yards, including a 25-yard catch in the game against the Atlanta Falcons, his biggest game in overtime was when Tom Brady tried to sink the touchdown to win the game. Bennett deliberately dropped it because of the Falcons’ pass fault, whereupon James White made a two-yard run that led to the TD that made the game decisive.
Brief Bio, Age
Martellus Demond Bennett was born on March 10, 1987, in San Diego, California. He attended Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas, where he played both basketball and soccer, but over time he majored in soccer.
During his junior years, he averaged 12.4 yards per catch, grabbed 13 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior international, he improved his game, scored 23 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, made 42 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns – earning his first statewide Class 5A awards from the Texas Sports Writers Association and the opportunity to play in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
During his time in senior high school, he was named a college football contender, and Rivals.com even ranked him #1 in the tight ends and #8 in the top players in the 2005 contender class. He was recruited from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, LSU, Duke, and Kansas, but chose Texas A&M even though he had originally committed to play for Miami.
A freshman at Texas A&M University, he scored three touchdowns and eighteen passes for one hundred and sixty-two yards. After scoring 38 catches for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns in his second season, he became one of eight semi-finalists competing for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best tight end.
He later won the Mackey Award for the best player of the week after a game against Baylor in which he scored 133 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. His second season ended with the All-Big 12 Second Team award. After his junior season, which ended with 49 receptions for 587 yards and four touchdowns, an NFL committee approached Martellus Bennett and informed him of an opportunity to select him in the NFL draft, he showed interest and skipped his senior season.
In 2008, Dallas cowboy Martellus Bennett entered the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft after he had traded Anthony Fasano. During the preseason, Bennett had trouble learning the team’s defensive style, which Hard Knocks described as lazy and unmotivated players, but that soon changed as he began to improve tremendously.
Soon he would agree to a four-year contract and be awarded the number 2 position in the tight position. In his seventh week on the team he scored his first touchdown with a 34-yard pass, ending his youth season with a total of four touchdowns, 20 receptions for 283 yards.
Bennett remained with the Dallas Cowboys until the end of the 2011 season. Before the next season began, he was offered a free-agent contract and in March 2012 he signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants worth $2.5 million. By the end of this season with the Giants, he had five touchdowns and 55 receptions for 626 yards.
Although he signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears at the beginning of the 2013 season that would keep him on the team until the end of the 2016 season, he was traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for Deiondre’ Hall in the 2016 NFL Draft and became part of the Patriots team that won the Super Bowl LI in 2017.
After winning the Super Bowl LI, Martellus Bennett signed a $21 million three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers after the team was unable to reach an agreement with Jared Cook, who was determined to sign for the Oakland Raiders. The Packers had to dismiss Bennett in November 2017 for failing to disclose a medical condition.
The next day he was called up by the England Patriots for the waiver, and it turned out that he had been diagnosed with tears in the rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder – the diagnosis meant he had to undergo a physical examination before he could join the team. The Patriots reached Super Bowl LII without Bennett, who was benched for shoulder and hamstring injuries but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
On March 7, 2018, he was dismissed by the Patriots and on March 23 of the same month, he announced his retirement from the NFL.
Martellus Bennett’s Wife, Brother, Daughter
The former NFL tight end is married to Sigourney ‘Siggi’ Walker since 2011. The couple met at an after-usher concert party in Dallas in 2008 and tied the knot in 2011 after almost three years together.
They are parents of a beautiful daughter named Austyn Jett Rose Bennett
Siggi graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, she also attended Marin Academy. She is co-founder of a fashion brand for children called Halfsies Kids.
Bennett’s older brother Michael Bennett is also an NFL player and plays on the defensive for the Philadelphia Eagles.
His Height And Weight
Bennet stands quite high with a height of 1.98 m (6ft 5in) and a weight of 122 kg. His other body statistics are not known at the moment.