Michael Bennett announces his retirement

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There was word earlier this year that defensive lineman Michael Bennett wanted to play another NFL season, but he never signed with a team and says he won’t be doing so at some point later this year either.

Bennett announced his retirement in an Instagram post on Tuesday morning. Bennett didn’t say what’s next in the post, but spoke to Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker about continuing his work to combat racial inequality while spending more time with his family.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett wrote. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life. As the great Toni Morrison said: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.'”

Bennett entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers in 2009 and spent 11 years in the NFL with Tampa, Seattle, Philadelphia, Dallas and New England. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls over the course of his career.

59 responses to “Michael Bennett announces his retirement

  1. Similar to Antonio Brown, it makes me wish for the old days where either the team or league does a press release to announce a retirement.This way it has to meet a certain standard for authenticity and relevance.

    For Bennett it’s who cares and for Brown it’s he doesn’t really mean it and who cares.

  2. Michael had some character issues, no doubt. But he did contribute to the Seahawks earning their first Lombardi. My favorite memory of him will always be how he casually rode a bicycle around centerylink field after Seattle’s amazing comeback win against Green Bay in the NFC ship.

  3. Who’s Bennett? Oh yeah, he’s the guy who lied about what happened in Las Vegas… talked trash about Seattle and it’s coaching staff after he left, pushed over a person in a wheelchair at his brother’s superbowl… yeah, he needs a rebirth alright.

  4. An undrafted free agent with an 11 year career, Super Bowl and a Pro Bowl. It speaks for itself.

  5. Many, many more will follow in the next year or more. With no fans and possibly no season,numerous late 20 or early 30 something players will be doing this in particular before next season when the cap drops significantly. No player will play for peanuts.

    Chiefs done. Veach a moron.

  6. Today is a good day. One more loud mouth gone. I’m just grateful he never played for my team.

  7. Dude did a ton of great things for the community and was loved by his teammates. Lots of sick comments from jealous people here. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. He was found not guilty of that incident and you have no idea what actually happened. Good luck Michael. Thanks for your year as an eagle.

  8. Now that the Bennett bros. are gone, just looking forward to the Pouncey bros. to pack it in too along with that meathead Gronkowski.

  9. Why do so many look for opportunities to criticize and ridicule? Bennett may be far from perfect and he made mistakes like all of us. But he stood up for his principles. I, for one, wish him well.

  10. I don’t understand all the hate. This guy came out of nowhere, wasn’t the most imposing physical specimen, and through dint of hard work made himself into a three time pro bowler. Isn’t that an American success story?

  11. People wondering why all the hate? Its easy to explain.

    Yeah the guy has some good seasons, but he constantly questioned his coaches in how he should play, which in translation means its either his way or no way.

    He also went directly after the commissioner of the league (which not many of us are fans of Goodell, but still..) who was trying to show the league supports political avenues saying he is being “slapped in the face.”

    These are just two examples of a player who for a long time was a constant problem.

    So with all due respect, BYE BENNETT

  12. when you are considereda good to great player and you bounce around to five different teams that speaks volumes. Guy was a malcontent and a loud mouth and a cancer……

  13. touchback6 says:
    July 21, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Many, many more will follow in the next year or more. With no fans and possibly no season,numerous late 20 or early 30 something players will be doing this in particular before next season when the cap drops significantly. No player will play for peanuts.

    Chiefs done. Veach a moron.

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    CHAMPIONSHIP !!!

  14. Good player–unblockable at times. I remember Ernie Adams of the Patriots saying they weren’t able to block him at all during the SB. That being said, I think he retired a year ago–just never told the teams he played for last year.

  15. Best wishes….I see him doing good deeds for humanity…..Yes, he speaks his mind, but that’s what creates controversy in the minds of some (misguided) people.

  16. wow, you could tell that a lot of people really love Michael Bennett with all these heart-warming messages…..LOL!!!

  17. Micheal off the field was a mystery wrapped in a riddle. on the field he was a warrior with a relentless motor…..a lot of fun to watch, especially when he played for your team.

  18. Unless he’s out there hurting people, doesn’t matter that much to me what he said/did off the field

    In his peak years, he was a force for the Hawks, slippery, super hard to block – a core guy on a SB-winning defense. Very solid career.

  19. patsrule says:
    July 21, 2020 at 9:02 am
    Best player on Legion of Doom.
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    Except that he was not part of the Legion of Boom…..

  20. Damn. The hate hate from some of y’all is crazy. Never been a fan of him but he is a good man as well as a football player. Y’all just some nasty people. I’m white and I just see how the comments on here are nothing but racially driven a lot. Free y’all minds. Racism is the most ignorant thing that can ever be taught. If it was someone like Richie incognito y’all would just be sayin oh he’s a troubled guy but I hope he is happy. But Michael Bennett knelt before the almighty piece of cloth the flag. So he’s a pos. Cmon now. It’s easy to sit on the other side and judge. Y’all really need to get a life outside these comments

  21. For some unknown reason he played half the snaps back in his days in Seattle when he was a dominant DE, that’s the way Pete Carroll uses his edges I guess, then he gained weight and wasn’t the same defender with other teams, good but not great. Hall of the forgotten awaits

  22. Thomas York says:
    July 21, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Damn. The hate hate from some of y’all is crazy. Never been a fan of him but he is a good man as well as a football player. Y’all just some nasty people. I’m white and I just see how the comments on here are nothing but racially driven a lot. Free y’all minds. Racism is the most ignorant thing that can ever be taught. If it was someone like Richie incognito y’all would just be sayin oh he’s a troubled guy but I hope he is happy. But Michael Bennett knelt before the almighty piece of cloth the flag. So he’s a pos. Cmon now. It’s easy to sit on the other side and judge. Y’all really need to get a life outside these comments

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    I feel like the people are saying negative things about Bennett because of his past behavior and comments. When Johnny Manziel was acting like an idiot, these same people vilified him on this website. They did it because they didn’t approve of his behavior and thought he was a jerk. Even Tim Tebow was criticized here for constantly seeking attention that a below average player should not receive and he’s probably one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. I’m tired of people crying “racism” every time somebody gets criticized. In Michael Bennett’s case, it’s justified. And BTW, Richie Incognito was blasted on this website for being a bully and a jerk. He and Michael Bennett are both “troubled”.

  23. I can sleep well knowing he announced his retirement. If only I knew who he was.

  24. A lot of people dislike Michael Bennett, and that’s fine. He’s had a few incidents that rubbed people the wrong way. That being said, nobody can discount Bennett’s skills as a football player. Defensive Tackle is one of the toughest, most physical positions in the game and any player that lasts 11 years getting paychecks as a DT in the NFL has got serious skills. Good luck to Mr Bennett in his retirement.

  25. Michael Bennett is an undrafted free agent that played 11 years in the NFL and is said to be worth more than 25 million has done something right.

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