Michael Bennett’s fiery message to teammates: Only champions are remembered

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Michael Bennett arrived in Dallas 33 days ago. Yet, the defensive lineman is one of the few players in the Cowboys’ locker room that has the jewelry to do what he did after Thursday’s game.

His screaming began even before every player had entered the locker room.

Bennett was not wishing his teammates a Happy Thanksgiving as his voice carried outside the locker room, where reporters were waiting. A security guard quickly closed the locker room doors to muffle Bennett’s raised voice.

Bennett, 34, has played in 12 postseason games, including two Super Bowls. He made two tackles in the Seahawks’ victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“The champions are the people that get remembered,” Bennett said when asked about his message, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “They don’t remember who got the biggest contract. A whole bunch of great players got great contracts, but they don’t get remembered as champions. Champions are the ones who get the gold plates and the jackets and they understand what it takes to win. That’s just a certain mindset. That’s just a certain ability to play tough in adverse moments.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has three Super Bowl rings but none since 1995, also spoke to the team after their 26-15 loss to the Bills.

“Everybody in there that had anything to say have earned the right to say it,” Jones said. “You didn’t have anybody period that didn’t have the right to express themselves.”

The Cowboys remain in first place in the NFC East despite a 6-6 record. They have the Bears, Rams, Eagles and Washington remaining.

Bennett’s message was well received, according to Dak Prescott.

“It’s important that we understand that it’s a small window that we have,” Bennett said, via Gehlken. “We’ve got all the great players. The only thing we’ve got to do is execute in adversity. The enemy against greatness is the unwillingness to change. We’ve got to be able to change some of the things that we’ve been doing to demand more from ourselves and become the people we want to be.

“Every opportunity is in front of us, but it’s just on us to capitalize. To win, you’ve got to sacrifice a lot. It’s going to hurt. It’s painful. You play through injury, but you do it because you have to. To win that championship, to win that Lombardi, there’s no feeling like that. And that takes a lot.”

39 responses to “Michael Bennett’s fiery message to teammates: Only champions are remembered

  1. Lol, kind of ironic that he was channeling Pete Carroll with those quotes, considering he, Sherm and Earl, thought they where past that kind of thinking when they got moved out of Seattle.

  2. Maybe, just maybe……they aren’t as good as they think they are. Maybe they don’t have better talent. You can’t talk your way into winning..
    And then there are the Bills, who may be a whole lot better than anyone may think…

  3. As a Seahawks fan I’ll always like Michael Bennett, but I find it funny that he tells guys not to worry about their contracts, because he whined about his all the time in Seattle

  4. This team is all ego and no effort.

    Trade zeke, trade dak, keep that o line. Get a whole new defense, new coaching staff and…

    New owner.

  5. Bravo……well said and GREAT MESSAGE by the most selfless player in the NFL……..couldn’t last a half a season learning and shutting up to play a role in the PATRIOTS SUCCESS!!! Even went after coaches and blasted them because he couldn’t face the truth on his strength and weaknesses, and how it all would fit so he could contribute on the NFL’s GREATEST FOOTBALL DYNASTY!! Lmao.

  6. When Bennett is your sane voice of reason, all is lost. And lol about him spewing about contracts. He threatened to hold out most years with Seattle before and after his SB win.

  7. The pressure is on. Zeke got his deal, lineman are paid.Jaylens paid..Amari due, Dak due, not enough money to go around..Daks gonna want the bank. DeMarco,Zeke, and Dak are gonna cover 40%..they’ve under achieved with the talent they have…
    They have no identity. When they throw over 60%.they lose. They need to run the ball with that line. Can’t win the Superbowl when you haven’t beaten a plus 500 team. They’ve followed the Rams path. Rams have got to look hindsight with money given to Goff and Gurley prematurely..and Rams gotta pay Ramsey or totally blown two first round picks. Garret stayed on two years to long. Windows closing. This year or never.

  8. Lol, I think it was MJD who said in the postgame on NFL network that he hoped that whomever spoke up didn’t mess up himself, otherwise the words would ring hollow. That sounded oddly specific to me at time, as if he knew who said it, considering i didn’t hear Michael Bennetts name mentioned once all game. That locker room is a joke if he’s speaking up.

  9. If it was getting playing time with a championship contender that Bennett wanted, then why did he not pursue a job with an actual contender when he was released by the Pats? The Chiefs almost certainly would have been interested, and maybe even the Saints and Ravens would have been interested. The Cowboys were never really a contender; everyone knows this Cowboys group will come up small in big moments.

  10. He played for a team that understands what players have to do in order to work together to win a championship. But he did not like that approach. He said he prefers playing the way his new team approaches things and thats fine. But he has to live with the results.

  11. “The enemy against greatness is the unwillingness to change.”

    I hope he turned and faced Jerry Jones when he said this because his unwillingness to make a change at head coach is a big reason why they’re a mediocre .500 team.

  12. If Bennett wanted to be great and win, all he had to DO is “change” a bit and be patient. Adjust and make himself a part of a top NFL unit. Physician, heal thyself.

  13. Bennett sounds hypocritical of himself since he did not want to accept any changes in his attitude to stay on a Team that is 10-1 right now.

  14. whywerule says:
    November 29, 2019 at 5:25 am
    If it was getting playing time with a championship contender that Bennett wanted, then why did he not pursue a job with an actual contender when he was released by the Pats? The Chiefs almost certainly would have been interested, and maybe even the Saints and Ravens would have been interested. The Cowboys were never really a contender; everyone knows this Cowboys group will come up small in big moments

    ———-
    he wasnt released. He was traded to the Cowboys by the Pats

  15. phootbolgawd says:
    he wasnt released. He was traded to the Cowboys by the Pats
    ==

    That’s fact, but it wasn’t because the Pats got an offer they couldn’t refuse and reluctantly let him go.
    Michael Bennett mouthed off and disparaged some of the coaches (surprise!) and was on his way out the door. The Pats merely did the smart thing by getting something for him from a team outside their conference.
    Had they not, you can bet your socks he would have been released, for some of the same reasons he wore out his welcome elsewhere.

  16. Like a lot of football fans, Jerry Jones still thinks having big names at WR and RB means you have a good roster.

    It’s not true in Dallas and it’s not true in Cleveland.

  17. The fact is, the Cowboys talent is overvalued due to the attention they receive. They just arent as talented as people think, and Dak is Dak…and avg QB that feeds on lesser teams.

  18. And Michael Bennett will always be remembered for lying about the police and trying to play the victim just because of the color of his skin.

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