Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says there are two people he talks with every day — his wife, and his brother, Martellus Benett.
Friday, he won’t have to worry about calling Martellus, though, as the two will be on the same field when the Seahawks host the Chicago Bears.
Martellus Bennett, 27, is entering his seventh season in the NFL as a tight end. Michael Bennett, re-signed by Seattle in the off-season, is about a year-and-a-half older.
By Michael Bennett’s reckoning, the game will be the fourth time the two have played against each other in the NFL.
The last came two years ago when Michael Bennett was with Tampa Bay and Martellus Bennett with the Giants.
The record doesn’t show that Michael Bennett had to tackle Martellus in that game.
But Michael Bennett (above making a tackle against the 49ers last season in a John Lok photo) says he has had to tackle Martellus before.
“I just tackle him, get him down the right way,” he said, then laughed. “I’ve got my niece to look after.”
Of playing against his brother, Michael Bennett said: “It’s going to be fun. It’s one of those things where you are going against your brother. You want to whup him. You want to beat him. And hopefully nobody gets hurt.”
Michael Bennett said the two have always been competitive, noting they shared the same bed growing up.
The two almost became teammates this off-season as Michael Bennett seriously considered signing with the Bears before deciding to stay with the Seahawks.
They remain partners in an NFL Network TV show, though, called Bro-to-Bro.
“We’d compete about who gets the bed first, stuff like that,” he said.
Michael Bennett says he expects the show to start back up in the fall.
“I think a lot of people liked it,” he said. “Hopefully they give us more time. We got about 10 minutes before. I feel like we should have a 15-minute show at least.”