Heading into halftime of Super Bowl LI, many fans might have thought the Patriots were in need of a major pep talk—something along the lines of what Coach Gaines tells his team in Friday Night Lights.
But in a recent interview with Inc., former Patriot Martellus Bennett revealed that “there was none of that TV sh–” in the New England locker room.
“There was no bickering, there was no bitching, there was no complaining, there was no moaning, there was no throwing chairs,” Bennett said. “There was none of this epic ‘we’re going to come back,’ Rudy, Remember the Titans-type speech.”
“When you looked around the locker room, you didn’t see anyone that was discouraged,” he continued. “You didn’t see doubt in anyone’s eyes. And that’s like all 53 guys. You looked around and you could see that everybody was determined to figure out what they could do to help us win.”
He described the team’s approach for the second half:
We went back out there at halftime… We got up… Coach gave all the coaching points, all the changes. Everyone was like, ‘Alright, Coach… This is the plan you have, Coach. We trust you. This is what you think is going to win. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.’ And I’m going to do my part—my small equation of the 11 that is on the field at the time. We put our hands up and said, ‘Hey, this is going to be written in the history books. Patriots on three. One, two, three, Patriots. Break.’ And the rest is history.
Bennett also touched on the influence of head coach Bill Belichick’s mantra: “Do Your Job,” saying that the second half of Super Bowl LI was “the most focused [he’d] ever been on just [his] task.”
“There were plays that I had to do certain things, but I wouldn’t even know who caught the ball because I was so focused on getting my job done,” the now Green Bay Packer said. “At the celebration party, I was still kind of in that zone. It took me two hours to get out of that focus zone.”