New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is a busy man. The 29-year-old is a father, a football player, an artist, a writer, a film maker, a dreamer, and an earth shaker. Some might interpret his interests off the field as nothing more than a quirk, but Bennett’s interest in the greater world is a gift as he represents what it means to be a whole human.
Bennett is absolutely unorthodox and he can come across as unnecessarily rude. He thinks of it as expression of self and as the natural evolution of passion. He needs these outlets to thrive.
And now he will be sharing his passion and his thoughts with the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
Speaking at the @ForbesUnder30 Summit this fall will be a dream come true. Crazy cool.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) August 29, 2016
I used to sneak out of Football/Basketball classes (yes we had Football and Basketball classes in high school, I'm from Houston what do you expect) to attend the Honor Roll breakfast ceremonies with all the other kids that got good grades. Lol. I'm hoping that my story will allow the next generation of young athletes to walk out of that class and into that room full of other Honor Roll students with pride and confidence not worrying if their teammates see them in there. Being smart is cool. Don't hide it. #TheImaginationAgency
The Forbes Under 30 Summit will take place from October 16th to 19th at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. The event is in support of those responsible for “innovation in Science and Technology, Finance and Investing, Media and Creativity, and Policy and Social Good,” while under the age of 30.
Bennett is no stranger to presentations and you can watch his Ted Talk below.
I’m all for players expressing themselves on and off the field because knowing about their hopes and dreams make them all the easier to root for. Bennett wants to use his time away from football to have an impact on society.
“I'm not limiting myself to be one type of individual, I'm open and expanding my own box and building my own place in the world,” Martellus said at practice in early August. “That's basically what I meant. Whether it's dabbling in music, movies, wanting to build furniture, there's so much I want to do. I want to build theme parks, I want to build hotels, and I want to win Super Bowls.”
Tickets to the event are insanely expensive, but you can read more about the Summit here.