The Green Bay Packers knew the minute he was signed that they were never going to have a dull moment with their giant new tight end, Martellus Bennett. His nomadic professional career seems to fit his personality well in how he leaves an imprint wherever he goes, and the next team is but another adventure. In entering the twilight of his career, he is bringing his experience and wisdom gathered over the years to a perennially young Packers squad. Experience has no substitute, and no individual experience is more interesting then what Bennett has brought, and will bring, to town.
In his early professional days, casual observers saw a towering, talented, brash player who would’ve fit in better with the ‘90s Cowboys than the 2000s Cowboys. That reputation has evolved into a player who shares a cerebral perspective on football and life in general with all those who are willing to listen. Who was once seen as young and brash is now seen as seasoned and outspoken. In all actuality, Bennett was always intelligent and outspoken, but has become more refined with age, as men tend to become.
An unfiltered conversation with Bennett will typically garner a minimum PG-13 rating, but he has committed himself to kids with his Imagination Agency venture that is bound to continue well past his playing days. The very first thing he shared with his new NFL market this March was getting the word out about Imagination Agency. Regardless of one’s opinion on him, using your platform to promote children’s creativity is a pretty fantastical thing.
In a tweet the other day, Bennett stated his teammates in Green Bay have been pretty “darn” fantastic (in rated PG terms). He texts and talks with Aaron Rodgers more than people know and has reportedly drifted around the cafeteria during OTAs to get to know as many of his new teammates as he can. Arguably the best quote that has come from him as a Packer was in regards to the new NFL instructional video that’s in the works on how to celebrate touchdowns properly. When notified about the 15 minute video, Bennett stated, “I’m going to be taking a 15 minute dump whenever we’re supposed to watch this ‘educational’ video. I can feel my stomach bubbling now.”
So, we know what Bennett has planned for approximately 15 minutes of training camp later this summer. Other than that, buckle up for the ride.
________________John Piotrowski is a UW-Eau Claire alum, spending most of his life in western WI. He makes the trek east to Lambeau whenever possible. Follow him on twitter at @piosGBP.