Hawaii resident, defensive end Michael Bennett retires after 11 pro seasons

Hawaii resident, defensive end Michael Bennett retires after 11 pro seasons
FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Dallas Cowboys defensive end Michael Bennett (79) during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. Bennett, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring. He said Tuesday, July 21, 2020, on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File) (Source: Duane Burleson)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - 11-year NFL Veteren and Hawaii Resident, Michael Bennett announced that he is retiring from football.

Bennett played for five teams during his NFL tenure, most known for his stint with the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 Super Bowl Champion team. In 2019, he split time between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys — which will now be his last team.

The 34-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday, to let his fans know that his  2019 season would be his last.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett posted. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.”

Bennett had 69 ½ sacks and 10 forced fumbles in his career. He entered the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, then went on to Seattle, where he chalked up three Pro Bowl seasons. 

During the offseason, Bennett lives in Hawaii with his wife — who is a Hawaii native — and his children.

While on the islands, he and his ‘Bennett Foundation’ have held numerous youth football camps over the years, giving back to local organizations.

Bennett also trains at Hawaii Optimum Performance — where he is partner of the business.

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