Michael Bennett is an American football player who plays on the position of defensive end for Seattle Seahawks. The player was born on November 13, 1985 in Avondale, LA. He started his career as a college football player in Texas A&M, and the professional career of Michael Bennett was started in 2009 when he signed a contract with his current team, Seattle Seahawks. However, before becoming a key player for Seattle, he experienced a spell in Tampa Bay.
Although Michael Bennett was born in Louisiana, he attended a high school in Houston, Texas. The school he attended was the Alief Taylor High School. He was interested in many sports apart from American football, including baseball and track. However, it was football where he was especially successful. Playing for the first team of his high school, he received All-District honors in the senior year, back then he was playing at the position of defensive lineman. As for other sports in which he succeeded, we can mark his participation in disk throwing and vertical jump.
Bennett’s career in American football began in college. His first season there was the season of 2005 year. That season he started 4 games and in 7 games appeared from substitution. His asset in the season 2005 was 27 tackles with 3.5 quarterback sacks. The next season, 2006, was much more successful than the previous one, and Michael Bennett managed to become the best tackler of his team among those defenders who didn’t start a game. He made 27 tackles with six tackles for loss and two sacks. His result improved even further the next season, when Bennett made 43 tackles along with 6 tackles with the loss of yardage. Thanks to such a result, Michael Bennett was selected as one of defenders for All-Big 12 team. The last season in his college football career was the season 2008, when the footballer appeared in 11 games, making 42 tackles which also include 2.5 sacks and 12.5 losses.
Michael Bennett started his professional career as an undrafted free agent. He signed his contract with Seattle Seahawks in April, 2009. According to existing reports, the reason why the player was not initially drafted by teams is that his performance for his college team was quite inconsistent. After Bennett had signed the contract, coaches at the team believed he could play at the position of left defensive end. The footballer played for the team during the preseason period, compiling nine tackles and two sacks. However, in October 2009, the player was waived by the team. The reason for this was the desire of the team to find room in the squad for another footballer, Kyle Williams.
After receiving a waiver from Seattle Seahawks, Michael Bennett completed his move to Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The transfer was finalized in October 2009. His new team changed the position of the footballer, and he became playing as a defensive tackle. Initially, he was considered as a substitution for another team’s defender, Gerald McCoy. Bennett spent four seasons in Tampa Bay. The first season was the least successful as Bennett appeared on the field only seven times, making three tackles and having 1.0 sack. The second season was much more successful with 13 games, 15 tackles and 1.0 sack. In the season 2011, the footballer appeared in 14 games and registered 39 tackles and 4.0 sacks. The result of Michael Bennett was even better the next season, 2012, when he appeared on the field 16 times and made 41 tackle with 9.0 sacks. By the statistics of Bennett’s performance, we can easily conclude that his stay at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was very productive, and the footballer really deserved promotion.
The return of the footballer to the club where he started his professional career, Seattle Seahawks, was completed in March, 2013. He joined the club with the status of an unrestricted free agent. The Seahawks offered him a contract overall worth of $4.8 and guaranteed worth of $1.5. The first touchdown was made by the player in early December, 2013. The play of Michael Bennett was considered of the highest quality, and the player himself was regarded as key in the defensive line of the team. That year the team had taken the first place in the National Football League and later won the Super Bowl.
Given how important the player had become to the team, Seattle Seahawks offered Bennett a new contract for the next season with the salary in the amount of $16 million guaranteed out of the overall salary of $28.5 million. Besides, there were also rumors on the possible move of the player to Chicago. That season Seattle Seahawks took part in the Super Bowl too, but this time they were defeated by the New England Patriots. In that game the footballer made two tackles.
When it comes to the personal information of the footballer, it should be marked that the height of Michael Bennett is 1.93, while his weight amounts to 124 kg. Besides he’s not the only one footballer in his family. He also has a brother, Martellus Bennett, who also plays in the National Football League. Martellus is a tight end at Chicago Bears.