Seahawks’ Michael Bennett dreaming of Super Bowl matchup against brother Martellus
Jan 5, 2017, 11:41 AM
From counting the number of pumps involved in his post-sack dance to commenting on white running backs and inking a long-awaited contract extension, there is plenty going on in Michael Bennett’s world these days. But while the Seahawks defensive end prepares for the Lions in the wild-card round of the playoffs, he is also looking ahead to his potential dream matchup – a showdown with his brother, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, in their hometown of Houston for Super Bowl LI.
“I dream about that every night,” Bennett told NFL Live on Wednesday. “I dream about the Super Bowl being in Houston, Texas, and him playing for the Patriots. Every once in a while you get everything that could come full circle and this is one of those moments where if we do everything right there is a possibility that we both could be back in our hometown and we both could be chilling before the Super Bowl and both could be playing in the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.”
This is not the first time Michael has mentioned this dream scenario. In June, after Martellus landed in New England, John Clayton asked Bennett what would mean more to him: Going back to the Super Bowl and beating the Patriots as a means of redemption, or going to the Super Bowl and playing against his brother. His response:
“Both of them could happen. They both will happen now because he plays for the Patriots, they are an AFC team, I play for the Seahawks, they are an NFC team. The Super Bowl is in Houston, I mean, everything that could possibly be aligned is aligned. Only thing we have to do is bring everything to fruition and make it happen.”
The outspoken and quirky brothers have made for entertaining features on ESPN, one where they called out commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of NFL QBs, the other a tearful recollection of when 10-year-old Michael’s s appendix burst, which required three major operations.
Martellus joined the Patriots via trade last offseason and there was some speculation about the pair teaming up in Seattle. Martellus reportedly tried to recruit his brother to join the Bears when Michael was a free agent in 2014, but the elder Bennett ultimately chose to stay in Seattle after being urged on by teammate Richard Sherman.
Martellus, who will be a free agent in 2017, has been a crucial part of New England’s offense, especially after Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season in Week 12, contributing 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.
Michael missed the Seahawks’ matchup against New England on Nov. 13 (which also happened to be his 31st birthday) because he was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Martellus caught seven passes for a team-high 102 yards in the team’s 31-24 loss.
The makings of that dream meeting starts Saturday at CenturyLink.