Martellus Bennett is more than just a tight end, and he’s more than just a man. He’s everyone, everywhere, all the time. He is the all-seeing entity who watches over your safety, and the angel who’s there to save those who stumble.
No seriously. I mean that last part literally.
During the Giants’ win last night Bennett had a productive game, needing only two catches to finish with 61 yards, most of which came on a 59-yard grab. That catch alone was more than his total yardage in every game since Week 7, so it was a fine fantasy day for those who started him, which was only 16.6 percent of you in ESPN leagues (*plays sad trombone*). But the game wasn’t without its headache for Bennett. Again, a literal reference.
In the second half Bennett was targeted for what would have been a deep touchdown grab, but the pass was wayward and fell incomplete. As the ball sailed past Bennett, rookie Packers safety Jerron McMillian (whose hair is older than some children) was far removed from the point of no return in his wind up to deliver a crushing hit. And when the delivery of said skull-rattling hit was complete, it came directly to Bennett’s head in helmet-to-helmet fashion. McMillian was given a 15-yard penalty and likely a fine that’s forthcoming, and Bennett was given a brief migraine.
He was fine, though, and he wasn’t concussed. That’s good, because we can’t have Superman, or Wolverine, or the Black Unicorn, or Professor Dumbledore (Bennett is all of them, all at once) feeling ill. Society would just fold. Very soon, Bennett’s superpowers would be needed.
After the game he went over to the stands to pass his gloves to a kid, and presumably also sign a few autographs. You know, just the standard, routine good-guy athlete stuff. Nothing to see here, right? WRONG.
Jenny Ventras tells the heroic story that unfolded:
As the Giants were leaving the field after the win, Bennett was again blindsided. He said he was trying to give his gloves to a kid in the stands, when a middle-aged man leaned over the kid and fell over the rail and onto Bennett.
“I just did what any superhero would do: Saved his life,” Bennett said. “(Shoot). I’m like Scott Summers. You know who Scott Summers is? Cyclops off X-Men.”
Bennett continued: “My first instinct was to step back, like, ‘Oh, (shoot),’ but I did the righteous thing … So I caught him and then and slowly tried to pull him down, but then I tripped over somebody and we all fell.”
Bennett said he fell on the cameraman but was not injured in the catch or trip.
“I felt like Prince, because everybody was like, ‘You OK? You OK?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’ They were helping me up.”
From now on, whenever you see a fellow member of humankind in trouble — be it a struggle with a door with groceries in hand, or a dangerous street crossing — ask yourself: what would Martellus Bennett do?
He’d do exactly what a Marvel superhero would do, that’s what. He fears nothing.