Dallas Cowboys Jerseys The best tight end in Super Bowl LI didn’t launch into an attack of Jason Witten, Jason Garrett or any other Jason from his past.
In attempting to explain previous unflattering comments about his time with the Cowboys, New England’s Martellus Bennett chose a more colorful and nuanced tact.
He went full arborist.
“So, there’s a tree, a really tall tree, right,” Bennett said. “And then there’s a shorter tree next to that really tall tree. That short tree doesn’t really get any sunlight or gets what’s left of the rain, so that tree can never really grow to the height it needs to be.
“For me, Jason Witten was that tree. I was the small tree, so I really couldn’t get the shine or the time, the water for my seeds to grow the way I could. The only way I could was to uproot that tree and move it to another location so it could then grow.
“That’s the only way I Cheap nfl Jerseys can explain the way I felt at that time.”
Bennett has flourished in the five seasons since he left Dallas. Rob Gronkowski’s absence from Sunday’s game means Bennett will be the most talented and productive tight end to take the field.
Those who know Bennett won’t be surprised to learn he’s made the most of his opportunity to entertain in the days leading up to the game against Atlanta. The player who fancies himself as “an observational comic” has been happy to answer any and all questions, including how he most likely won’t go to the White House if the Patriots win this game.
“Because I don’t support the guy in the house,” he said.
Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards with the Patriots this season and scored a career high seven touchdowns. If there’s been any tension between head coach Bill Belichick and his somewhat eccentric tight end — you can argue the same description applies to Gronkowski — it doesn’t show.
This gets back to the person Bennett is now opposed to the person he felt others tried to turn him into during his days with the Cowboys from 2008 to ’11.
“I think one of the reasons I’ve had success here is they just let me be me,” Bennett said. “If I tell jokes or whatever, it’s like all right, everybody laughs. That’s a good joke. No one has ever said anything about me as a person. The only thing they’re worried about is me as a player.
“That freedom of being who I am … when you’re most like yourself, that’s when you can do the best you can competing. I can’t disguise myself every day. That wears on you.
“Early in my career I feel a lot of people tried to make me be something I wasn’t, and that’s why I struggled, not only on the field but a little bit off the field because here I am trying to change who I am to do something I love when the whole time all I’ve got to do is be the same person I’ve always been.”
Bennett feels accepted in New England, part of a brotherhood, in a way he never did in Dallas. He said in an interview during the regular season that he actually hated Witten.
He walks those comments back a bit now. Bennett said he loves Witten as a player and still watches tape of the Cowboys tight end to see what techniques he can incorporate into his game. He finds himself taking notes in meetings the same way Witten has done throughout his career.
Bennett clarifies his previous comments by saying the frustration he experienced in Dallas had more to do with his own circumstance rather than any individual or the coaching staff.
“Yeah, I mean, he [Witten] didn’t help me. He didn’t really talk to me much or help me like that, but he was just doing his job,” Bennett said. “If you want to learn, watch me.
“It was more about the Cheap jersey wholesale circumstances than people. There were some issues and things here and there, but overall, it was just like, you know, no sunlight.”
Less than 250 miles separate Dallas from Houston, the site of this Super Bowl. But Bennett has traveled much farther to reach this stage of his career.
He’s soaking in the sunlight.
“Did I enjoy?” Bennett responded when asked if he enjoyed his time with the Cowboys. “If I look back at myself and what I was then, if I just tweaked my perspective by maybe 36 degrees, then I would have really enjoyed my time there.
“But mentally, where I was at that point in my life, it wasn’t a good role or a good fit for me.”