Michael Bennett loves “connecting” with Tom Brady

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They played against each other in a Super Bowl, and have a family connection, so Michael Bennett was already aware of how good Tom Brady was at playing football.

But the new Patriots pass-rusher said what he’s been most impressed with about his new quarterback is the way he learns about his teammates rather than any strategic or athletic thing Brady does.

“I think Tom does a great job of connecting with his teammates every single day,” Bennett said, via Phil Perry of NBCSportsBoston.com. “Personally that’s been good for me. Coming in, having a guy like Tom talking about stories, just having a good time.

“Football takes care of itself. But building that camaraderie with your teammates, that’s the most important thing for me on this team — to earn everybody’s trust, from the top of the organization, from the media staff, from the training staff, just to let them know what type of individual I am and try to do that every single day.

“I think talking to Tom allows me to do that. You never know when you’ll get a chance to talk to guys like that, and just have that type of time, it’s cool. He takes time to get to know me as an individual, and I love that.”

Bennett walked in with some background, since his brother Martellus played for the Patriots previously. But he’s made it a point to walk to practice together with Brady often, to get to know the guy he called “the greatest player to play in the NFL.”

“It’s an opportunity to just talk life,” Bennett said. “I think Tom has a lot of experiences that I haven’t experienced, and I have some experiences that he hasn’t experienced. And I think just being fathers and being husbands and talking about life, I think that’s the greatest thing you can do with your teammate is to learn him as an individual.”

While their personalities may not seem like a match on the surface level, Bennett’s curiosity and Brady’s longevity create an opportunity for plenty of interesting conversations.

22 responses to “Michael Bennett loves “connecting” with Tom Brady

  1. Brady is sickeningly great. I wish my team spent their 5th round pick on him. Then again, without Belichick who knows. They’d probably ruin him.

  2. Has any ex-teammate, or anonymous current teammate/coach/staff member, ever said anything negative about Brady? It’s amazing how many say the same thing before they even talk about him on the field: he’s humble, he listens, and he genuinely connects with everyone. Jon Gruden used to talk about “CEO QBs” when he was on MNF and Brady is the epitome.

  3. Just one of the many reasons TB12 is the best to ever do it ..it’s more than just brains and physical talent, the guy is the ultimate leader who understands that strong relationships build strong teams.

  4. Great story and commentary by Bennett. Always loved his dedication to playing hard, winning and family values And of course The Greatest Football Player in NFL History is always a great Wingman!!!

  5. Seems like a fairly nice guy, that Brady.

    I’m always amazed by the level of animosity and rancor some people have toward him. It’s the kind of hate that’s usually reserved for murderers and rapists. People seem to get off on denouncing him. Even if you’re not a fan of him or if he rubs you the wrong way, viewing him as some kind of worst human trash is just straight up pathological. No sound mind would react that way.

  6. I think many players late in their career like Bennett and Brady realize that being around the team everyday is why they still play. Every practice, every meeting, etc. Ray Lewis said the same thing.

    Lots of people think Brady should go out on a high note, but for the players that love the game the way he does, he just wants to keep playing while he can. Nothing afterward will be the same, even if he is very successful.

  7. Applicable to any workplace in which teamwork is involved. Connections to your fellow workers increases production. Period. Simple.

  8. Bennett is a very good player, but we Patriots’ fans are holding our collective noses for this stinker of a human being… Kneeling during the Anthem and falsely accusing cops doesn’t fly around here…

  9. GP Lee says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I bet pats fans dnt think MB is scum anymore
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    I never knew there was much animosity from Pats fans towards Michael Bennett. Maybe a little after the scuffle at the end of the Pats/Seahawks Super Bowl, but as far as I know Bennett has always spoken highly of Brady, even before his brother played for the Pats, and that sits well with Pats fans. Certainly if there was any Michael Bennett animosity that disappeared while his brother played for the Pats, and the Pats fans became big fans of Martellus, and by extension would feel no ill will towards his brother.

    As much as Pats fans would hate to see Tom Brady leave to play for another team, or Bill Belichick leave to Coach/GM another team, we would be amused to see the fans of the 25+ teams in the league that would currently love to have a 43 year-old Tom Brady as their starting QB ahead of their current QB, and/or the 31 other teams in the league that would love to have BB as their team’s Coach/GM, beg their ownership to offer them 30+ million per year, plus a percentage of ownership, to join their organization.

  10. Richard Nguyen says:
    August 14, 2019 at 9:54 am
    Seems like a fairly nice guy, that Brady.
    I’m always amazed by the level of animosity and rancor some people have toward him. It’s the kind of hate that’s usually reserved for murderers and rapists. People seem to get off on denouncing him. Even if you’re not a fan of him or if he rubs you the wrong way, viewing him as some kind of worst human trash is just straight up pathological. No sound mind would react that way.
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    Jealousy is a very powerful emotion.

  11. ricko1112 says:
    August 14, 2019 at 10:32 am
    Bennett is a very good player, but we Patriots’ fans are holding our collective noses for this stinker of a human being… Kneeling during the Anthem and falsely accusing cops doesn’t fly around here…

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    Michael Bennett seems to be a little different in the New England Patriot environment.

  12. Voddyt says – Has any ex-teammate, or anonymous current teammate/coach/staff member, ever said anything negative about Brady? It’s amazing how many say the same thing before they even talk about him on the field: he’s humble, he listens, and he genuinely connects with everyone. Jon Gruden used to talk about “CEO QBs” when he was on MNF and Brady is the epitome.

    Being close to the Patriots’ alumni one of their better qbs told me a story which confirms your take. They went out to eat and after the meal Tom refused to go out the rear door of the restraunt to avoid the crowd gathered outside – instead he insisted going out to greet his fans. He IS a nice quy and his carisma is something else. When Kraft was about cut the ribbon at Pro Bass Store several years ago Brady turned to acknowledge the crowd and the fans went nut. Realizing it was bad timing Tommy put his finger to his lips to silence the fans – dead quiet. Could have heard a pin drop. I was there for that one. Love this guy.

  13. “I bet pats fans dnt think MB is scum anymore”

    I never did in the first place and do not now. The fake patriots who claim to love this country but don’t believe in constitution unless its for something they agree with on the other hand……

  14. Never thought Michael Bennett was scum. What I did think was that he was a slow learner when it came to offsides. I still remember that when Malcolm Butler made the famous Super Bowl interception, the game wasn’t over. There was still danger, because the Patriots were right up against the goal line. But Bennett saved the day for the Patriots by committing the most ridiculous offsides violation. So my only concern about him is whether he can learn not to do that.

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