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TE Bennett brings quirkiness, versatility to Bears

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The most interesting person on the Chicago Bears' roster?

Easy.

"I'm probably the most interesting person on the team," new tight end Martellus Bennett said.

And who can argue?

After all, this is a player who discussed his lactose intolerance at his introductory news conference in March and was on quite a roll in training camp this week, referring to Spiderman and the Bible and discussing his fascination with dinosaurs.

Along with his funny and quirky nature, he brings an ability to block and catch passes that the Bears lacked at his position.

All that explains why they lured him away from the New York Giants with a four-year deal, hoping he can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the fifth time in six seasons.

"There's never a dull moment with Martellus Bennett in the meeting rooms," tight end Steve Maneri said.

Or, it seems, when there's a microphone or notepad in front of him.

Here's Bennett on who he thinks the coolest people on the planet are: "Me and my wife (Siggi) are probably two of the coolest people in the world. It's like Jay-Z and Beyonce, then it's me and my wife, and then it's David Beckham and Victoria."

Here he is on dinosaurs: "I love dinosaurs. They're my favorite animal. I still do believe that they exist. That may sound crazy, but I do. And, you know, I go by Martysaurus Rex. You can add 'Saurus Rex' to your name, too. What's your name?"

And when he was asked about his new contract, Bennett started off saying it wasn't about the money — just like most players. But then, he mentioned how he likes having nice clothes, nice cars and a nice house before steering toward his own legacy away from the field.

"I want to have my kids — I don't have any yet, thank God. The wife's probably happy about that ... that I don't have any yet, but really it's just about building a legacy, not just being a football player, but being a good person," he said.

He added that getting paid gives you "a couple avenues" to "make an impact" and finished by saying, "It's like the 'Spiderman' quote, 'To whom much is given, much is expected."

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