After devoting the past decade of his life to professional football, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is moving on to new endeavors.
On his Twitter account Friday night, Bennett announced that he has decided to “move on” from football in order to focus on his work with Imagination Agency, of which he is the Creative Director of. Bennett included a drawing of him moving on from a grayscale football field to a colorful land of imagination and wonder.
I’ve decided to move on from the world of football and into the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity. I’m beginning what I believe to be my life’s work @ImaginationAgcy pic.twitter.com/7asa7ARXZX
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 24, 2018
Bennett was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and spent his formative years in the league as the No. 2 tight end in Dallas behind Jason Witten. After a series of injuries and limited production, Bennett moved to the New York Giants in 2012, where he had a career year with 55 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns. His one season in New York set him up for stardom with the Chicago Bears, who he joined in 2013. In his first season with the Bears, Bennett caught 65 passes, the second most for a tight end in Bears history only behind Mike Ditka’s 75 in 1964. A year later, Bennett would be named to his first Pro Bowl.
After publicly feuding his his teammates in 2015, Martellus was traded to the New England Patriots for the 2016 season. Becoming the No. 1 tight end on the team after Rob Gronkowskiended up on Injured Reserve, Martellus helped the Patriots along in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, rallying from a 28-3 deficit late in the third quarter to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 in overtime. It was Bennett’s first and only Super Bowl appearance. Bennett would return to the Patriots in 2017 after an ill-fated stop with the Green Bay Packers, but ended the season, and his career, on Injured Reserve.
Only days ago, Bennett stated that he was undecided on whether or not he wanted to continue his playing career.
“After ten years you take such a tole not only on your body, but mentally, so it’s just like, ‘Where am I in a mental capacity overall? Is it something that I want to continue to do or not want to do?“, said Bennett. “I don’t have to play…I play football because it’s fun. I enjoy stiff-arming people, jumping over people and competing with my friends and things like that. I’ve been working out, preparing to play. Be ready so you don’t have to get ready, but I don’t know if I’m going to or not.”
Bennett finishes his NFL career with 433 receptions for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.