Michael Bennett Gives An Awesome Response As To Why He Always Skips OTAs


Michael Bennett knows that it’s family first and everything else is second.

During the week, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end was asked by the Seattle Times why he skips OTA’s and other voluntary team activities during the offseason.

On The heels of Father’s Day, Bennett couldn’t have gave a better answer.

“I like to be a parent. I’ve got daughters. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher at the school. I do things in the community. I try to balance my football life with my actual reality. So, to find that great balance as a human being. I think it’s important as athletes to find that.

“I think a lot of times athletes have a problem when they retire because they build an identity around sports. Then when the sport is gone you are lost. So along this way you’ve got to transition yourself to be able to live in civilization. So find different things you can be a part of. Find out who you are.

“That’s why I do that I do. I mean, I train harder than anyone in the NFL. So I’m not worried about being in shape or being the best player I can be. What I am worried about is how good of a parent I can be, and how much better a husband I can be.”

Bennett is one of those athletes who won’t have an issue making that transition from the sport he loves to something else once he retires, as he spent much of his offseason touring the country doing speaking engagements on social issues.

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