Defensive end Michael Bennett has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34 and he is looking forward to the new chapter of his life. Bennett, who went undrafted in the 2009 NFL draft, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a rookie free agent he went on to have a successful 11-year career in the league.
Bennett is one of the most accomplished defensive players from his generation as he finishes his career with 69.5 sacks, three Pro Bowl selections and he was also a part of the Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl in 2013.
Bennett started the 2019 season with the New England Patriots but finished with the Dallas Cowboys -- who opted not to give the defensive a new contract this offseason. "Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I'm looking forward to the rebirth -- the opportunity to reimagine my purpose," Bennett posted on Instagram, as quoted on ESPN.
"I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I'm looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.
"As the great Toni Morrison said: 'Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.' "
Bennett won't be bothered with the uncertainties of this coming NFL season
The NFL is still planning to have a full regular season despite the coronavirus pandemic and so far there haven't been any delays.
However, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McWay thinks the training camps could be pushed back. "Usually when you get about a week out, and right now that's exactly where we're at, you start to get revved up, starting to get excited," McVay said on the Helliepod, as quoted on Sports Illustrated.
"And there's something about this time that you know the amount of things that have to take place for that to logistically get off and get going, something about it tells me maybe there's a chance that things get moved back."
But McWay is confident and optimistic that the season won't get canceled. "What I've been telling our people is, 'Hey, we're going to have a great plan, whether we get a chance to execute that plan now or a little bit later remains to be seen,' " McVay said.
"But I am confident we will have a season, we'll be able to play football. Whether or not it goes exactly on the schedule we've all seen, that's something that I'm a little skeptical of right now."