Martellus Bennett pledges to donate jersey sales profit

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The Packers’ official online team store is full of jersey options for potential buyers, its stock including Aaron Rodgers’ top-selling No. 12, Jordy Nelson’s No. 87, Randall Cobb’s 18 and Clay Matthews’ 52.

Martellus Bennett’s jersey is not yet available.

There is added reason for that soon to change.

The new Packers tight end announced Saturday an incentive for fans interested in wearing his No. 80. He pledged on social media not to pocket a cent off whatever commission he’ll receive from jersey sales in 2017, allocating his profit instead to “after school programs that I’m working to put together.”

He added that his older brother, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, inspired him.

Michael pledged this month to donate all endorsement money earned in 2017 “to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future.” He also committed 50 percent of his jersey profit to fund inner-city garden projects.

Fans generally have to be mindful when investing in a player jersey.

As a hypothetical, former Packers running back Eddie Lacy’s jersey was $99.95 to begin the year. After his contract expired on March 9, it’s down to $69.97. A player’s roster longevity is often directly correlated to the jersey’s value.

Martellus does not necessarily shine in that category. He is 30. As part of a three-year contract he signed this month, the Packers can avoid paying him a $2 million roster bonus if he’s released before the start of the 2018 league year. In 2019, he is due a $5.65 million salary.

But the factors to purchase his or his brother’s jersey now extend beyond that.

They’ve turned profit into philanthropy.

Notably, the brothers are neither the first nor surely last NFL players to make such commitments. Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, for example, announced he would donate all jersey profits in 2016 amid a surge in sales.

“The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I receive from my jersey sales back into the communities!” Kaepernick said on Instagram. “I believe in the people, and WE can be the change!”

Others around the league, including Chargers safety Darrell Stuckey, have donated game checks to specific causes.

60 responses to “Martellus Bennett pledges to donate jersey sales profit

  1. It’s also “worth noting” that if you pay attention to his social media, Bennett is a professing racist, with any “philanthropy” efforts likely to support that endeavor.

  2. 3 of the top 4 jersey sales in turd bay are white players. Packer fans love them some white players! And the one black guy on that list has blue eyes! Brendan Dassey’s favorite player is Jake Ryan

  3. That time playing with NE has turned his whole attitude around. No longer is he the loud mouthed fool who talked his way out of Dallas, Chicago, and New Jersey.

    He’s now humble, a team player, and a philanthropist.

  4. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Mar 25, 2017 5:37 PM
    3 of the top 4 jersey sales in turd bay are white players. Packer fans love them some white players! And the one black guy on that list has blue eyes! Brendan Dassey’s favorite player is Jake Ryan.
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    Tom Brady jerseys are now the #1 seller in all 50 states. Throw in Rodgers and Nelson in GB and this is not expected and has nothing to do with skin pigmentation.

  5. thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 25, 2017 5:39 PM
    So he gets a giant tax deduction without putting out any of his own money.
    ——
    Well, in fairness, the commissions are ‘his own money’. he just chooses to donate it.

  6. He should donate the money to one of our local causes. Like the Teresa Halbach Campfire Troop. They teach kids how to roast marshmallows and do great photography. Good cause. Get on board, Marty.

  7. I don’t see how anyone can criticize Bennett for doing this. If it helps someone to turn their life around and become a positive person in their community, that’ s a win for everyone.
    The responsibility still lies with each individual, though. Unless young women living in poverty stop having babies and unless the fathers of those babies take responsibility for them and work hard to provide for them, and unless they stop blaming others for their plight and pledge to try to make their lives and the lives of their children better, it won’t stop.
    That goes for all colors and all ethnic groups. If Bennett can turn some lives around for the better, hats off to him.

  8. See what Colin Kaepernick got started. Kaepernick for president! The real tough guys help the less fortunate.

  9. @valentino8100 says – “It’s also “worth noting” that if you pay attention to his social media, Bennett is a professing racist”.

    Why are you following Bennett on social media if you don’t like what he posts? Somehow I doubt that Bennett’s profile says: “Hi, I’m professing to be a racist”.

  10. Surely, the Packer fan base can use the extra educational programs. And no, I wasn’t calling you guys Shirley. . . . .

  11. thegreatgabbert says:
    Mar 25, 2017 5:39 PM
    So he gets a giant tax deduction without putting out any of his own money.

    ————

    You realize that he can only take tax deductions against actual income so you not? Heck, the guy agrees to do something to help other people and you and others find fault with it. Get s life.

  12. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 25, 2017 6:34 PM
    @valentino8100 says – “It’s also “worth noting” that if you pay attention to his social media, Bennett is a professing racist”.

    Why are you following Bennett on social media if you don’t like what he posts? Somehow I doubt that Bennett’s profile says: “Hi, I’m professing to be a racist”.

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    As a NE fan, I follow a lot of those guys. Bennett was often an interesting character so I would follow him some -until; until coming across some ridiculously blatant racist tweets after which no, I no longer follow.

  13. Let’s see, we have dahmer, 250 and ariana herself.
    Well you managed to trot out about 1/3 of your usernames on this post already and the night’s still young.
    No wonder your own newspaper calls it Loserville U.S.A.

  14. I see Kaepernick jerseys all over the thrift stores. Bye Felicia. Your 15 minutes are gone and you’re as fake as a $19 Chinese jersey.

  15. @valentino8100 – So what you meant was, in your opinion, Bennett has sent blatantly racist tweets. That’s a far cry from Bennett being a “professed racist”.

  16. As a hypothetical, former Packers running back Eddie Lacy’s jersey was $99.95 to begin the year
    ————-
    Is the amount of material used in the actual player’s jersey a determining factor when the come up with the cost of each jersey?

  17. Good guys doing good deeds. Hard to take, isn’t it? That says a lot.

  18. Marty, you play in turd town, everyone has their hand out, except fecal, frankie booth, too busy writing Packer excuses!! What’s going on in turd town?

  19. What am I missing?
    If Rogers, Rivers, Ben, Eli, Flaco, Brady said they would be donating to White groups, white mothers white kids they would be listed as racist.

  20. Do you know what this means? It means a Packer pick-up, just like Jean Francois, just like Lance Kendricks, is yet another talented already-rich player coming to Green Bay for a chance to win a SuperBowl before their careers end.

    Favre wanted to do the same thing, except he handled it selfishly and poorly. You might say his path was somewhat….intercepted.

    I understand why though………most players want a ring. Most players just want a chance to play alongside someone of Aaron Rodgers’ talents and skills.

    The opportunity doesn’t come along very often for most players. I have high expectations for this offense next season. And with the grace of God, the Packers have as good a chance as any team to be in position to represent the NFC at US Bank Stadium next February 4th, 2018.

  21. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Mar 25, 2017 8:00 PM
    Good guys doing good deeds. Hard to take, isn’t it? That says a lot.
    ——————-
    You’ll have to excuse them, as they’re a bit jaded.
    They’re so used to players like Adrian Peterson taking their government issued money with his sham charity.

    Gullible and bitter Barney fans are never able to give a good or knowledgable take on the PFT boards.
    Just a sad fact of life.
    Pity them and enjoy great football.

  22. riraider says:
    Mar 25, 2017 8:17 PM
    What am I missing?
    If Rogers, Rivers, Ben, Eli, Flaco, Brady said they would be donating to White groups, white mothers white kids they would be listed as racist.
    ****************************************
    You might have a point. Maybe half the slaves were actually white. There is probably a liberal conspiracy to keep the photos of all the white slaves out of the history books. Ya think?

  23. @riraider says – “What am I missing?”

    A brain perhaps? Rodgers, Brady, etc. would not be donating to “White groups”. Try not to use such an obvious non-sequiter.

  24. Still using actions of how many years ago as excuses. I have been hearing this for years. In the 60’s it was “The Man is Holding Us Down” The last 8 years “The Man” was a person of color. Today the word is “Racist”. Well that works both ways.
    It was only a few years ago a QB that was not white was a big deal. Now its how it should be “can he run a team? Not what color he is.
    My point was a black player is sending to only black causes. What would the reaction be if a white player did the same for only white groups?
    Hypocrites come in all colors.

  25. You’re correct, white players donate to all groups. I have never heard a white played specify donations to whites only. So tell me who’s the “Racist”?
    Hypocrite.

  26. A great way to do that would be to having kids start gardening. Healthy eating is a good thing and a life skill. Ya know the way our grand parents did it for the most part.

  27. riraider says:
    Mar 25, 2017 9:40 PM
    You’re correct, white players donate to all groups. I have never heard a white played specify donations to whites only. So tell me who’s the “Racist”?
    Hypocrite.

    ***************************
    You’re the racist, I’m racist, most people are. It’s natural to fear anything that is different. White’s control the country, so we have the power to hold people down. That doesn’t mean we’re evil, we just don’t want to give up power, so we’re going to suppress competition as long as we can. Most people would do that, regardless of race. The only place where blacks get to compete on a level playing field is in the sports world, and we all see how that is going. That scares the crap out of us, so a level playing field ain’t gonna happen as long as we’re in charge.

  28. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 25, 2017 8:03 PM

    Marty, you play in turd town, everyone has their hand out, except fecal, frankie booth, too busy writing Packer excuses!

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 25, 2017 8:12 PM

    Marty, you play in turd town, everyone has their hand out, except fecal, frankie booth, too busy writing Packer excuses!! What’s going on in turd town?
    ——————————————————-
    You forgot to switch your screen name Cody!!!

  29. Very generous from a college educated man that hasn’t learned “how to speak.”
    His situation awareness is very keen…didn’t take long to notice the inept mindset in gb, wi.

  30. Jerseys are expensive and typically poor investments. Every one I bought in my earlier years sits in my closet all year long.

    Why don’t I just donate to charity on my own. The charity will get more money and I will spend less overall. Win/win.

  31. cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 25, 2017 7:48 PM

    Is the amount of material used in the actual player’s jersey a determining factor when the come up with the cost of each jersey?
    _____________

    It is, and it is also the same amount thought you put into that post, and the number of people that found it funny.

    Take a day off, recharge the brain, write some new stuff, and come back fresh Monday.

  32. shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 26, 2017 4:57 AM
    cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 25, 2017 7:48 PM

    Is the amount of material used in the actual player’s jersey a determining factor when the come up with the cost of each jersey?
    _____________

    It is, and it is also the same amount thought you put into that post, and the number of people that found it funny.

    Take a day off, recharge the brain, write some new stuff, and come back fresh Monday.
    ———————–
    Cut him some slack.
    It must be be difficult to be a simple minded, one note, fat shamming Barney.
    This is just an educated guess, but I’m sure there’s a little self loathing mixed in with these posts.

    And always remember, he’s cheered for a child abuser while rooting for a team that has had little to no success for 56 straight years.
    Pity him and his childish outbursts.

  33. Let’s see now……that’s about 10 juerseys unless you have a pro bowl year, then it may be about 20 jerseys.

  34. wafflestomp says:
    Mar 25, 2017 7:13 PM
    Let’s see, we have dahmer, 250 and ariana herself.
    Well you managed to trot out about 1/3 of your usernames on this post already and the night’s still young.
    No wonder your own newspaper calls it Loserville U.S.A.
    ———
    Not only do Packer fans troll Vikings articles much harder than vice versa, but now you guys are actually trolling articles about your own team. Weird.

  35. Stop all this racist talk. Trump’s secretary of HUD, Ben Carson said that all the slaves were in fact immigrants. Google it.

  36. Rolo Tomassi says:
    Mar 26, 2017 2:26 PM
    Comment section
    Proof positive that there is absolutely nothing to do in Green Bay WI
    ////////////////////////////////

    And you’re so busy you post the same exact message twice in 19 minutes?

    Slow down big boy.

  37. The Packer-hating and usual suspect Viking-trolls are out in-force and seem to require help with defining their regular pasttime of posting self-centered and/or self-serving and/or misleading opinions. It’s called Fake News.

    Fake News: “A type of deliberate spread of misinformation, be it via the traditional news media or via social media, with the intent to mislead.”

    It couldn’t be any clearer, could it? Why do any of you trolls think any your drivel influences anything?

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