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Veteran Defensive End and Super Bowl Champion Michael Bennett Retires from NFL

Introduction

The veteran defensive end Michael Bennett was selected to three NFL Pro Bowls, and he helped his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, win Super Bowl XLVIII, and now he officially announced his retirement from playing in the National Football League via Instagram. He finished his solid and successful 11 year long NFL career with 359 tackles, 69.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 5 pass deflections, and 1 defensive touchdown.

Bennett’s Announcement goes as follows: (July 21st, 2020)

"Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I'm looking forward to the rebirth -- the opportunity to reimagine my purpose," Michael Bennett stated. "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.'

Football Background

Bennett was born in Independence, Louisiana, but he spent a significant part of his childhood growing up in Houston, Texas. Michael attended Alief Taylor High School in Houston, TX where he excelled at football, baseball, as well as track and field. In football Michael established himself as an amazing defensive lineman especially during his senior year of high school where he earned first-team All-District honors coinciding with his remarkable 110 tackles and 4 sacks. At that time, he ran a 4.79 second 40 – yard dash, and he was recorded at jumping 36.5 inches in the vertical jump too.

The strong willed and relentless defensive lineman decided to attend Texas A & M University located in College Station, Texas. While at A& M Bennett quickly became a leading tackler amongst their defensive unit. In 2005, Michael racked up 27 tackles, including 3.5 quarterback sacks, while seeing action in all 11 football games and starting in 4 ball games as a freshman. The following season in 2006, he made 27 tackles, including two sacks and 6 tackles for loss, forced 2 fumbles, and batted down a pass while seeing action in every game that year.

Bennett was selected to the honorable mention All – Big 12 Conference team in 2007 as he tackled 43 men and six of those for a loss of yards. At Texas A & M Michael played alongside his brother and fellow Aggie, Martellus Bennett, from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, Michael played in all 11 college football games as he registered 42 tackles with 12.5 for losses and 2.5 sacks.

Entering the National Football League

On April 27th, 2009 Bennett signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, but he was quickly moved to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on October 10th, 2009 in order to make room for offensive tackle Kyle Williams. Two days later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed Michael off of waivers in order for him to fill in for the injured Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle. Bennett's best season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers https://wizardofodds.com/online-gambling/sports-betting/tampa-bay-buccaneers-are-expected-to-sign-superstar-veteran-quarterback-tom-brady came in 2012 when he recorded career highs in tackles with 41, sacks with 9, and forced fumbles with 3.

On March 14, 2013 Bennett rejoined the franchise that originally picked him up, the Seattle Seahawks. He signed a one year contract with the Hawks reportedly worth up to $4.8 million, with $1.5 million in guaranteed money.

It did not take long for Bennett to become an intricate contributor the Seattle Seahawks defensive squad that ranked first in the National Football League in defense during the 2013 – 2014 NFL season. In 2013 the Seattle Seahawks ended up defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII making Michael a Super Bowl champion. Unfortunately, the Seahawks ended their 2014 – 2015 NFL season with a loss in Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots in a nail bitter of a game that went down to the wire.

Bennett was selected to the NFL’s Pro Bowl in 2015, 2016, and 2017 before bouncing around to several different teams his last year or two in the NFL. He ended up playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, then the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys both during the 2019 – 2020 season of the National Football League. Now prior to the upcoming NFL season he has decided to hang up his cleats and enjoy life off of the gridiron as Michael officially announced his on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 through an Instagram post. Below are Bennett’s NFL career stats that were definitely solid especially from 2011 to 2018.

Seahawks NFL Franchise History

Michael Bennett spent the majority of his prime with the Seattle Seahawks from 2013 through 2017. As seen below in the history of the Seattle Seahawks franchise Bennett helped make Seattle a serious contender with an impressive and dominating defense unit also known as the “Legion of Boom”. Other members of this amazing Seahawks defensive squad include Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell, Bobby Wagner, K. J. Wright, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Malcolm Smith, Brandon Mebane, Frank Clark, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, DeShawn Shead, Jeremy Lane, Shaquill Griffin, Justin Coleman, and Bradley McDougald. Below I bolded the years of service that Michael Bennett was a big part of the Legion of Boom defense for the Seattle Seahawks.

Team Records, Leaders, and League Ranks

                Points       Top Players       Off Rank   Def Rank   Overall Rank       Simple Rating System         
Year Lg Tm W L T Div. Finish Playoffs PF PA PD Coaches AV Passer Rusher Receiver Pts Yds Pts Yds T/G Pts± Yds± out of MoV SoS SRS OSRS DSRS
2019 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 11 5 0 2nd of 4 Lost Div 405 398 7 Carroll Wilson Wilson Carson Lockett 9 8 22 26 3 14 17 32 0.4 2.3 2.7 2.9 -0.2
2018 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 10 6 0 2nd of 4 Lost WC 428 347 81 Carroll Wagner Wilson Carson Lockett 6 18 11 16 1 10 19 32 5.1 -0.6 4.5 3 1.5
2017 NFL Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 2nd of 4   366 332 34 Carroll Wagner Wilson Wilson Baldwin 11 15 13 11 8 13 13 32 2.1 -0.2 1.9 0.7 1.2
2016 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 10 5 1 1st of 4 Lost Div 354 292 62 Carroll Wagner Wilson Michael Baldwin 18 12 3 5 16 6 5 32 3.9 -1.7 2.1 -2.4 4.5
2015 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 10 6 0 2nd of 4 Lost Div 423 277 146 Carroll Wilson Wilson Rawls Baldwin 4 4 1 2 5 4 1 32 9.1 2.2 11.3 5.4 6
2014 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 12 4 0 1st of 4 Lost SB 394 254 140 Carroll Wilson Wilson Lynch Baldwin 10 9 1 1 4 2 1 32 8.8 0.8 9.5 2.4 7.1
2013 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 13 3 0 1st of 4 Won SB 417 231 186 Carroll Sherman Wilson Lynch Tate 8 17 1 1 1 2 3 32 11.6 1.4 13 4.1 8.9
2012 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 11 5 0 2nd of 4 Lost Div 412 245 167 Carroll Sherman Wilson Lynch Rice 9 17 1 4 5 3 7 32 10.4 1.8 12.2 4.5 7.7
2011 NFL Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 3rd of 4   321 315 6 Carroll Browner Jackson Lynch Baldwin 23 28 7 9 5 18 23 32 0.4 0.4 0.8 -0.5 1.3
2010 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 7 9 0 1st of 4 Lost Div 310 407 -97 Carroll Hasselbeck Hasselbeck Lynch Williams 23 28 25 27 27 28 30 32 -6.1 -3.4 -9.4 -3.9 -5.5
2009 NFL Seattle Seahawks 5 11 0 3rd of 4   280 390 -110 Mora Willis Hasselbeck Jones Houshmandzadeh 25 21 25 24 26 26 25 32 -6.9 -2.4 -9.3 -5 -4.4
2008 NFL Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 3rd of 4   294 392 -98 Holmgren Jones Wallace Jones Carlson 25 28 25 30 25 26 30 32 -6.1 -1.5 -7.6 -4.9 -2.8
2007 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 10 6 0 1st of 4 Lost Div 393 291 102 Holmgren Kerney Hasselbeck Alexander Engram 9 9 6 15 5 8 10 32 6.4 -4.6 1.8 0.8 0.9
2006 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 7 0 1st of 4 Lost Div 335 341 -6 Holmgren Jones Hasselbeck Alexander Jackson 14 19 19 19 27 15 21 32 -0.4 -3.2 -3.6 -1.7 -1.9
2005 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 13 3 0 1st of 4 Lost SB 452 271 181 Holmgren Alexander Hasselbeck Alexander Engram 1 2 7 16 7 2 3 32 11.3 -2.2 9.1 5.8 3.4
2004 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 7 0 1st of 4 Lost WC 371 373 -2 Holmgren Jones Hasselbeck Alexander Jackson 12 8 22 26 9 16 15 32 -0.1 -2.8 -2.9 0.4 -3.3
2003 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 10 6 0 2nd of 4 Lost WC 404 327 77 Holmgren Hasselbeck Hasselbeck Alexander Jackson 7 6 15 19 18 10 13 32 4.8 -0.7 4.1 3.6 0.5
2002 NFL Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 3rd of 4   355 369 -14 Holmgren Alexander Hasselbeck Alexander Robinson 16 7 23 28 14 19 17 32 -0.9 -0.4 -1.3 0 -1.2
2001 NFL Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 2nd of 5   301 324 -23 Holmgren Jones Hasselbeck Alexander Jackson 19 25 18 20 11 16 24 31 -1.4 -0.4 -1.9 -1.4 -0.4
2000 NFL Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 4th of 5   320 405 -85 Holmgren Watters Kitna Watters Dawkins 19 19 25 31 23 25 30 31 -5.3 1.6 -3.7 -1.4 -2.3
1999 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 7 0 1st of 5 Lost WC 338 298 40 Holmgren Kennedy Kitna Watters Dawkins 12 23 8 23 12 12 26 31 2.5 2 4.5 1.9 2.6
1998 NFL Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 3rd of 5   372 310 62 Erickson Brown Moon Watters Galloway 10 23 10 27 7 9 29 30 3.9 -2.4 1.5 0.9 0.6
1997 NFL Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 3rd of 5   365 362 3 Erickson Williams Moon Warren Galloway 9 3 22 8 19 15 3 30 0.2 0 0.1 1.8 -1.7
1996 NFL Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 5th of 5   317 376 -59 Erickson Kennedy Friesz Warren Galloway 16 19 24 24 11 21 22 30 -3.7 2 -1.7 1 -2.6
1995 NFL Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 3rd of 5   363 366 -3 Erickson Warren Mirer Warren Galloway 10 13 23 25 25 17 21 30 -0.2 -0.4 -0.6 1.6 -2.2
1994 NFL Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 5th of 5   287 323 -36 Flores Kennedy Mirer Warren Blades 20 24 16 23 11 18 26 28 -2.3 -1.2 -3.4 -2.8 -0.6
1993 NFL Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 5th of 5   280 314 -34 Flores Kennedy Mirer Warren Blades 19 23 18 23 8 21 23 28 -2.1 0.9 -1.2 -0.8 -0.5
1992 NFL Seattle Seahawks 2 14 0 5th of 5   140 312 -172 Flores Kennedy Gelbaugh Warren Williams 28 28 17 10 24 28 26 28 -10.8 0.8 -10 -9.8 -0.2
1991 NFL Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 4th of 5   276 261 15 Knox Kennedy Krieg Williams Blades 20 21 8 8 22 14 17 28 0.9 0.2 1.2 -1.5 2.7
1990 NFL Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 3rd of 5   306 286 20 Knox Robinson Krieg Fenner Kane 18 21 11 9 23 14 15 28 1.3 1.5 2.7 -0.5 3.3

Team Records, Leaders, and League Ranks

Year Lg Tm W L T Div. Finish Playoffs PF PA PD Coaches AV Passer Rusher Receiver Pts Yds Pts Yds T/G Pts± Yds± out of MoV SoS SRS OSRS DSRS
1989 NFL Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 4th of 5   241 327 -86 Knox Krieg Krieg Warner Blades 27 26 16 14 23 22 22 28 -5.4 2.6 -2.8 -3.6 0.8
1988 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 7 0 1st of 5 Lost Div 339 329 10 Knox Williams Krieg Warner Blades 12 23 16 24 7 14 25 28 0.6 -1.4 -0.7 1.2 -2
1987 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 6 0 2nd of 5 Lost WC 371 314 57 Knox Young Krieg Warner Largent 6 17 14 22 14 8 21 28 3.8 -1.9 1.9 2.4 -0.4
1986 NFL Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 3rd of 5   366 293 73 Knox Warner Krieg Warner Largent 10 8 8 22 7 7 15 28 4.6 1.8 6.4 2.4 4
1985 NFL Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 3rd of 5   349 303 46 Knox Easley Krieg Warner Largent 13 18 8 11 10 9 18 28 2.9 1.5 4.3 0.3 4.1
1984 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 12 4 0 2nd of 5 Lost Div 418 282 136 Knox Nash Krieg Hughes Largent 5 18 5 6 1 3 13 28 8.5 0.5 9 5.4 3.5
1983 NFL Seattle Seahawks* 9 7 0 2nd of 5 Lost Conf 403 397 6 Knox Warner Krieg Warner Largent 6 19 24 27 2 13 27 28 0.4 1.1 1.5 3.4 -2
1982 NFL Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 3rd of 5   127 147 -20 McCormack,Patera Easley Zorn Smith Largent 27 22 5 12 19 19 19 28 -2.2 -3.2 -5.4 -7.5 2
1981 NFL Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 5th of 5   322 388 -66 Patera Largent Zorn Brown Largent 15 20 25 26 6 21 26 28 -4.1 0.8 -3.3 -0.1 -3.2
1980 NFL Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 5th of 5   291 408 -117 Patera Zorn Zorn Jodat Largent 21 21 25 13 19 25 16 28 -7.3 2 -5.3 -1.6 -3.7
1979 NFL Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 3rd of 5   378 372 6 Patera Zorn Zorn Smith Largent 4 7 24 27 16 16 19 28 0.4 2.2 2.6 4.9 -2.3
1978 NFL Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 3rd of 5   345 358 -13 Patera Zorn Zorn Smith Largent 7 3 26 26 16 14 13 28 -0.8 0.5 -0.4 3.4 -3.7
1977 NFL Seattle Seahawks 5 9 0 4th of 5   282 373 -91 Patera Smith Zorn Smith Largent 8 12 28 27 24 23 21 28 -6.5 2.2 -4.3 4.2 -8.6
1976 NFL Seattle Seahawks 2 12 0 5th of 5   229 429 -200 Patera Zorn Zorn Smith Largent 21 19 28 28 28 26 25 28 -14.3 -0.8 -15.1 -2.2 -12.9

Sources:

“Veteran defensive end, Super Bowl champ Michael Bennett says he's retiring”, espn.com, July 21, 2020.

“Michael Bennett”, pro-football-reference.com, July 22, 2020.

“Seattle Seahawks Franchise Encyclopedia”, pro-football-reference.com, July 22, 2020.


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