Martellus Bennett is excited to show off his cleats this Sunday. (WEEI.com)
FOXBORO — Injuries are not a popular discussion in the Patriots locker room, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given who their coach is.
Before the Rob Gronkowski news this afternoon, Martellus Bennett was asked of Gronkowski’s status.
“Only thing I can control is what’s going on with my body. Cutting my grass before I cut someone else’s.” he said.
Asked to expand on his grass analogy, Bennett went way back in time.
“I don’t cut my grass, but I grew up cutting the grass all the time,” he said. “Now I’m fortunate enough — I pay to cut my grass, but then my grass only needs to be cut half the year because it’s cold in Chicago at home. Plus, they do a way better job than I did. I used to have a lawn-mowing company when I was a kid.
“But I just use that analogy because a lot of people tend to other people’s garden and never worry about the weeds in their own garden. Therefore your garden gets overflowed with weeds and your flowers die. But someone else’s flowers look great because you’re all in their business, in their soil, in their mulch, in their sh — cow manure.”
The NFL is permitting each player to wear cleats of their choice this week for its “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. Bennett will be supporting his Uncle Smarty Foundation, but hasn’t revealed what they will look like.
“I think there’s a ton of guys doing a lot of great things in the NFL,” Bennett said. “Whether it’s Brandon Marshall with his stigma of mental health awareness or my brother [Seattle’s Michael Bennett] with obesity and getting kids to eat right. You’ve got guys [Chris Long] dealing with water issues. You’ve got guys doing all kinds of great stuff and always giving back, and they never really get the chance to highlight those things.
“There’s a lot of negative stuff in the media because negativity sells. Controversy sells. But at the same time, it would be good to get a chance for the NFL to let these guys highlight what their causes are and what they’re doing. One week is cool, but the NFL, they give themselves a month. They’ve got breast cancer awareness, and I think they only donate, like, one percent of the proceeds that they make. Most of these guys are donating well over 50, 60 percent of their proceeds back to their charitable causes.”
Added Bennett: “I’m always trying to take advantage of the NFL. They’ve been taking advantage of me for nine years now.”