- The Washington Times
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Defensive end Michael Bennett, who won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks and was selected to three Pro Bowls, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

Bennett, 34, was a free agent at the time of his decision after splitting the 2019 season between New England and Dallas.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth - the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennettwrote on Instagram. “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.”

Bennett also told The New Yorker he had decided to retire from football before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., but staying at home with his family for so long helped confirm his decision.

Among other projects, Bennett is working on developing his book, titled “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” into a scripted TV series.

“As the great Toni Morrison said: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another,’” Bennett wrote on Instagram.

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