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Martellus Bennett explains why players don’t wear sleeves in cold

Usually, when NFL players don’t wear long sleeves in the cold, we believe they’re doing so to appear tough. But, when the temperatures drop to frigid lows, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t wear sleeves for a different reason.

An arctic front is hitting much of the United States at the moment, with temperatures dropping into the teens. Earlier today, it was a balmy 20 degrees as Patriots practice. As the players prepared to brave the cold to get their work in, they talked to reporters while simultaneously bundling up.

The temperature for Sunday’s game in Denver is expected to be around the 20-degree mark as well. But, when both teams storm out onto the field, expect to see far fewer long sleeves and hoodies than at practice.

Bennett has an odd, and humorous, explanation for that.

From NESN’s Zack Cox:

“During the game, we don’t wear much,” Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said. “We bundle up at practice, but in a game, you tough it out. You go out there, and you ball out.”

Bennett, like many NFL players, typically eschews sleeves during games, even those played in sub-freezing temperatures. He explained why in his usual colorful fashion.

“Same reason women wear less on Halloween,” Bennett said. “It’s sexier. It’s cold during Halloween, too, but there’s a bunch of sexy cops out there.”

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