“I’m trying to let it sink in. This is my first hat, so I probably won’t take it off for a while,” he cracked.
Even Patriots CB Devin McCourty commented on how great it was to see his teammate so excited about their season thus far.
“Martellus came running in yelling, ‘Where’s my [championship] hat?’ It’s a great feeling,” McCourty said. “It’s always a good feeling when you come in and see guys who have played in this league a lot and are really good and just haven’t won division championships, to see their excitement is great.”
Now don't get me wrong, that is great. The only problem is that Bennett has been on a division-winning team before.
Bennett played the first four seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, who won the NFC East in 2009 and went on to play in two playoff games before being eliminated from the divisional round by the Minnesota Vikings. It was actually a very memorable season in the NFC East, because the division title and final wild card spot came down to their Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The way that things shook out resulted in the two teams meeting again in the wild card round, and the Cowboys beat the Eagles again.
It was a pretty crazy set of circumstances. Still, even if we give Bennett the benefit of the doubt that he forgot they won that division that year, he couldn't possibly have forgotten that his team played in two ensuing playoff games... right?
“I’ve never been to the playoffs once in my [nine-year] career," he said, "so it’s just exciting to be a part of this team."
Bennett was not a major factor on the Cowboys offense in 2009. He played back up to Jason Witten who was in his prime at the time, and he had just three receptions on four targets for 27 yards in the playoffs. So that probably does seem like a lifetime away now that he's a major part of one of the best offenses in the NFL, and there's no doubt that his experience on the Patriots is more rewarding that it was on the Cowboys.
But it's still unreasonable to act like an entire season of his career never happened.
Sometimes you must embrace the struggle. If you're going to reference your entire career, you've got to include your entire career.
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