Martellus Bennett is a former NFL player who before his retirement in March 2018, played with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. 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 recorded 5 receptions for 62 yards, including a 25-yard catch in the game against Atlanta Falcons, his biggest play was in overtime when Tom Brady tried throwing him the game-winning touchdown. Bennett intentionally dropped it due to the pass interference from the Falcons, this gave way to James White’s two-yard run that resulted in the game-winning TD.
Brief Bio, Age
Martellus Demond Bennett was born in San Diego, California on the 10th day of March 1987. He attended Alief Taylor High School, Houston, Texas, where he played both basketball and football but with time, he majored in football.
During his junior days, he recorded an average of 12.4 yards per catch, grabbed 13 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he stepped up his game, recording 23 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, grabbing 42 catches for 487 yards and six touchdowns – this earned him his first-team Class 5A all-state honours from the Texas Sports Writers Association and an opportunity to play at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
During his senior High School days, he was named college football prospect and Rivals.com even ranked him #1 tight end and #8 best player in the 2005 prospect class. He was recruited by Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, LSU, Duke, and Kansas but he chose to play for Texas A&M, despite having originally committed himself to play for Miami.
As a freshman at Texas A&M University, he recorded three touchdowns and eighteen passes for one hundred and sixty-two yards. After recording 38 catches for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns during his sophomore season, he emerged as one of the 8 semifinalists competing for John Mackey Award, which is annually given to the nation’s top tight end.
He later won the Mackey Award for the best player of the week after a game against Baylor, in which he recorded 133 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. His sophomore season ended with All-Big 12 Second Team honours. After his junior season that ended with 49 receptions for 587 yards and four touchdowns, an NFL committee approached Martellus Bennett, informing him of an opportunity for him to be selected in the NFL Draft, he indicated interest and skipped his senior season.
In 2008, Dallas Cowboy drafted Martellus Bennett in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft after trading Anthony Fasano. During the preseason, Bennett had problems learning the team’s defensive styles that he was described as a lazy and unmotivated player by Hard Knocks but that soon changed as he began to improve tremendously.
He would soon agree to a four-year contract and was given the #2 tight position. In his seventh week with the team, he recorded his first touchdown on a 34-yard pass, he ended his rookie 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 deal and in March 2012, he signed a one year deal with the New York Giants worth $2.5 million. At the end of that season with the Giants, he recorded five touchdowns, 55 receptions for 626 yards.
Although he signed a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears at the beginning of the 2013 season which was meant to keep him with the team till the end of the 2016 season, he was traded to the New England Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft in exchange for Deiondre’ Hall and he became part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI in 2017.
After the Super Bowl LI victory, Martellus Bennett signed a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers worth $21 million, following the team’s inability to reach an agreement with Jared Cook who was bent on signing on to Oakland Raiders. The Packers had to let Bennett go in November 2017 due to his failure to disclose a medical condition.
The following day, he was claimed off waivers by the England Patriots and it was revealed that he has been diagnosed with tears in the rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder – with what the diagnosis revealed, he had to undergo physical exam before joining the team. The Patriots reached Super Bowl LII without Bennett who was benched as a result of shoulder and hamstring injuries but lost to Philadelphia Eagles.
He was released by the Patriots on March 7th 2018 and on the 23rd of the same month, he announced his retirement from the NFL.
Martellus Bennett’s Wife, Brother, Daughter
The former NFL tight end has been married to Sigourney ‘Siggi’ Walker since 2011. The couple met back in 2008 in Dallas at an after Usher concert party and tied the knots in 2011 after dating for almost three years.
They are parents to an adorable daughter named Austyn Jett Rose Bennett
Siggi is a 2010 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she also attended Marin Academy. She is the co-founder of a fashion brand for children named Halfsies Kids.
Bennett’s older brother Michael Bennett is also an NFL player, playing the defensive position at Philadelphia Eagles.
His Height And Weight
Bennet is quite on the tall side, standing at a height of 6ft 5in (1.98m) and weighing 122 kg. His other body stats are not known at the moment.