Michael Bennett offers up a confession of a former Patriots hater

Michael Bennett is entering his 11th season in the NFL.
Michael Bennett is entering his 11th season in the NFL.Chris Szagola/AP/FR170982 AP via AP

The Patriots officially traded for defensive end Michael Bennett on Thursday, although the deal with the Eagles was first reported last Friday.

Shortly after arriving in New England, a video interview with Bennett was posted on the team’s website. The 33-year-old pass rusher, who lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, admitted that his feelings on his new team have changed over time.

Part of it even had to do with Tom Brady’s hair length.

“I used to hate the Patriots,” Bennett acknowledged. “I hated it because they would win so much. I hated it because Tom Brady’s hair was long. I hated that Belichick would wear sweaters. But now that I’m here, I love it. I love Tom Brady’s hair. I love being a Patriot. Obviously because it’s all about winning.”


Bennett’s brother, Martellus, played for the Patriots in the 2016 season and helped them win Super Bowl LI. Still, Michael’s opinion of the Patriots didn’t improve, even after a ringing endorsement from his own family member.

“I hated them even more,” Bennett said. “He loved it, but the fact that he loved it made me hate it.”

“I was the brother that was the Super Bowl champ,” Bennett joked about of the rivalry with his brother. “And then he took that from me. He just took it. And now I have to get that back.”

No official terms of the trade were disclosed, but the Patriots reportedly sent a 2020 fifth-round draft pick to the Eagles in exchange for Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Bennett further proved his new allegiance in a social media post Thursday.

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