Martellus Bennett tells awesome story about Patriots legend Tom Brady’s extreme competitiveness
Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett vouches for quarterback Tom Brady’s tremendous work ethic.
Bennett told FS1’s “First Things First” (via NESN.com’s Adam London and 247Sports.com’s Tyler Sullivan) on May 1 he recalls a Patriots practice during the 2016 NFL season. The defense didn’t allow the offense to complete any passes. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick then called out Brady during the ensuing team meeting.
— Boston.com Patriots News (@BDCPatriots) May 1, 2019
Bennett said it was unusual for the coaches to call out the quarterbacks in group meetings. Bennett told FS1 he sat behind Brady because he was “the quarterback whisperer.” Long story short, he whispers his observations to Brady.
Bennett then tells FS1 what happens next.
“So after that meeting, I go to finish my workout or whatever and Tom is there doing dropbacks. He’s just throwing dropbacks – he’s pissed off.
The next day, we go 33 for 33 or something like that at practice and from then I was just like,’Oh, we’re gonna be great.’
I’ve never seen anyone that didn’t shut down. He was like,’All right, I’m gonna show you tomorrow.’ He just picked them apart.”
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) May 1, 2019
Brady and the Patriots went on to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI that season. It was one of the most remarkable comeback victories in Super Bowl history. New England was down by 25 points in the third quarter, 28-3.
Brady and Co. scored 31 unanswered points to win in overtime, 34-28. The New England quarterback finished with 466 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Patriots won the fifth of their current six Super Bowl titles – the most in NFL history.
Bennett retired in 2017. Not only does he have a Super Bowl ring, but he also has plenty of Tom Brady stories he can tell his grandchildren in the future.