When Martellus Bennett was in the Cayman Islands three years ago, he had nothing but love for the Dallas Cowboys. These days, those feelings have turned sour.
The tight-end is now part of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and has nothing good to say about his old club.
“I mean we are cool, but we ain’t that cool, know what I am saying?” Bennett said. “I kind of got some ill feelings toward them overall. It is a game. I kind of hate everybody, honestly, in the National Football League.
“I have ill feelings toward everybody. It is not just Dallas. Pretty much anybody who doesn’t play with us, I pretty much don’t like them. I don’t like a lot of people.”
Bennett, 25, signed with the Giants during the offseason as a free agent, after spending his first four seasons with Tony Romo and the Cowboys. With the clubs being National Football Conference East rivals, there will be no love lost when the sides play their regular season opener on 5 September.
The Texas native came here in 2009 as part of a youth flag football camp staged by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association and One Tree Four Five (then called One 345 Designs). At that time, he was coming off a 9-7 season with Dallas that ended with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He said then that he didn’t care about other teams.
“As far as the Eagles go I really don’t care. A team is a team. I just play.”
Bennett figures to have a prominent role in New York and is coming off a season where he caught 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants are missing two tight-ends in Jake Ballard, now with the New England Patriots, and Travis Beckum, who is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.