Martellus Bennett’s play spoke volumes on the field in his first season with the Chicago Bears.
He also spoke volumes off it, and he entertained us simply by being himself. Of course, that wouldn’t work so well if he didn’t have the second-best season for a tight end in Bears history.
But that’s why we look forward to seeing – and listening to – him again at Monday night’s 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, benefiting the March of Dimes. Let’s hope we’ve built some extra time into the show for when he steps behind the microphone and accepts our presentation as Bear of the Year.
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Martellus started up his “Truly Blessed Foundation” quickly in his career in Dallas, which benefited families in need and underprivileged youth in his native Houston area. While he’s been unable to keep that charity going in stops the last two seasons in New York and now Chicago, Bennett has been involved in Bears community functions since arriving here, from “Play 60” appearances, in the NFL’s initiative for kids to get an hour of exercise each day, to a “Toys for Tots” outing later in the season, among other events.
When he speaks to the media, sometimes you don’t know where the conversation will head, but it’s usually different and full of simple, often humorous, perspective. His interests range from writing, to drawing and watching cartoons, to designing clothes, and most recently, releasing his album, “Fast Food,” on I-Tunes. Last week he released a new mix of songs for free through his Twitter account, entitled “Year of the Orange Dinosaur.”
Martysaurus Rex, The Black Unicorn, The Orange Dinosaur, and Martellus Bennett, will certainly be one of the highlights of our special evening Monday night.