Longtime defensive lineman and former Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons. He posted on his Instagram account to announce the news.
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Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth – the opportunity to reimagine my purpose. ⠀ 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 played for the Buccaneers, Seahawks, Eagles, Patriots and Cowboys in his career. He registered 69.5 sacks in his 11 seasons, which is tied for 97th all-time. Along with winning a Super Bowl in Seattle, he also made three Pro Bowls.
The 34-year-old was a free agent before deciding to retire.
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