Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is back in uniform — on the basketball court

Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.
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Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

Former New England Patriots tight end — and animator, and children’s book author — Martellus Bennett is taking his talents to the hardwood.

Bennett made waves on Twitter Thursday when he posted a video of himself scoring baskets during a game in the Los Angeles-based Drew League, which bills itself as “The #1 Pro-Am basketball league in the world.”

Writing above the video clip, Bennett tweeted, “Marty B. The B is for Buckets. Working to get my bball game back playing in the @DrewLeague had 16 & 13 on Sunday.”


The retired NFL pass catcher was a key part of the Pats’ title run in 2016 and has gone on to helm his own animation studio and publish children’s books, including “Hey A.J., It’s Bedtime!” and “Hey A.J., It’s Saturday!”

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Bennett has also become known for humorous social media missives, such as a bizarre Twitter thread in April in which he complained about flight attendants forcing passengers to buckle up on planes, writing, “Let me live life on the edge a bit. I’m a peacock you gotta let me fly.”

As for the Drew League, it was established in 1973 with a mission to “help young people form meaningful relationships on the court that would spill over into the neighborhood, as well as build an institution that would bring top local high school, college, and pro players back to the community,” the league says on its website.

Among the stars who have been involved with the league are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Metta World Peace, Paul George, JR Smith, Baron Davis, Kevin Durant and former Celtics great Paul Pierce, the site says.

Bennett’s video posting garnered rave reviews from several tweeters Thursday, including sports commentator Adam Lefkoe, who wrote, “Damn. No wasted motion Marty. Straight business.”


Bennett hit him back.

“On a mission,” he replied. “Make a move and score or get rid of it. Lol.”

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