There was word earlier this year that defensive lineman Michael Bennett wanted to play another season in the NFL, but he never signed with a team and says he won’t at some point anymore. later this year either.
Bennett announced his retirement in an Instagram post Tuesday morning. Bennett did not say the rest of the message, but spoke to Louisa Thomas about the New Yorker to continue her work to fight racial inequalities while spending more time with her family.
“Retiring is a bit like self-death, but I look forward to rebirth – the opportunity to reinvent my purpose,” Bennett wrote. “I want to thank my wife and children, who sacrificed so much for me to be successful. I can’t wait to support them in the same way they have done to me for the past 11 years. I have never been so peaceful in my life. As the great Toni Morrison said: “To free oneself was one thing, to claim ownership of this 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 during his career.