Martellus Bennett says he’s leaving football for ‘the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity’

The former Patriots tight end made the announcement on Instagram.

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Martellus Bennett walks off the field after a win over the Denver Broncos, Nov. 12, 2017. –Justin Edmonds / Getty Images

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Martellus Bennett is leaving football behind and heading off on a new adventure, according to a post on the former New England Patriot tight end’s Instagram account.

“I’ve decided to move on from the world of football and into the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity,” Bennett wrote in the post. “To be honest I was never really a football player I’ve always just been a creative guy who played football. I’ve loved some parts of the game but never everything about it.”

He went on to describe his football career as a “roller coaster ride,” and thanked his teammates, coaches, and fans. He promised fans “a discount when I open up my first theme park.”


Bennett played 10 seasons in the NFL, including two stints with the Patriots. The 31-year-old won Super Bowl LI with the Pats and caught 30 touchdowns in his career.