Former Eagles defense lineman Michael Bennett retired from the NFL this week after a widely successful 11-year career in the league.
Fellow former Birds lineman Chris Long dedicated a segment on his podcast to shout Bennett out, and he came prepared with a few hilarious anecdotes from their single overlapping season as teammates here in Philly.
Like this story, in which Long explains just how much Bennett - who earned $59 million during his career - liked to avoid spending money:
Mike is extremely frugal, despite his decade-long-plus earnings in the NFL. He never wanted to wait for an Uber, and I was always really late at the facility doing work. He would stay an extra hour just to hitch a ride home into town. He'd be like, 'Hey, you leaving soon?' And I knew what this game was. I'd be like, 'Why don't you just take an Uber?' I go, 'You're gonna wait an hour?' And he's like, 'Yeah, I'll just wait right here.' I couldn't shake him. Me and Mike probably logged about 30 hours in that car.
That's some serious dedication!
It's no surprise that Bennett, a smart dude, was particular and careful about his money. Plenty of well-paid athletes still wind up without much left in the bank after their playing days. Bennett isn't going to be one of them.
It also helps that Bennett is trying on a number of different hats outside of football, including political commentator for CNN - and author.
Long said he and Bennett used to talk about Bennett writing a book, and Long had an idea based on the pair's jockeying in the trenches:
You've got to check out his book - 'Things That Make White People Uncomfortable' I think is the name of the book, by Michael Bennett. I used to give him s**t about how he should write a book called 'Things That Make White Pass Rushers Uncomfortable' because he would be in my f*****g gap, like six inches inside my alignment. [...] It was like a match made in hell, sometimes, as far as lining up next to each other, but we enjoyed so much of it because we were just two guys that spent a lot of time together.
Long and Bennett combined for 15.5 sacks that year, so the match made in hell still worked on the football field. Also, I think I'd read both of those books.
It's always fun to hear these kinds of stories from former Eagles, which just reinforces the kind of camaraderie that the organization's culture tends to foster.
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