- Signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2017, after playing for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in 2016.
- Has posted 50-plus receptions in each of the last five seasons (2012-16), one of only three tight ends in the league (Greg Olsen, Jason Witten) to do so over that span.
- Among tight ends, ranks No. 4 in the NFL in catches (318), No. 6 in receiving yards (3,441) and tied for No. 6 in TD catches (26) since 2012.
- Has played in all 16 games in four of the last five seasons and in six of his nine seasons in the league.
- Posted a career-high three 100-yard receiving games last season with the Patriots, tied for No. 2 in the NFL among TEs, and a career-best seven TD catches, tied for No. 3 in the league among TEs.
- Started all three postseason contests for New England last season, including a five-catch, 62-yard outing in the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
- Registered a career-high 90 receptions with Chicago in 2014, the most among NFL tight ends that season, on his way to earning Pro Bowl recognition. The reception total set a single-season Bears record for TEs and his yardage total ranks No. 2 among TEs in team history. Is one of only nine TEs in NFL history to catch 90-plus passes in a season.
- Played in all 16 games with 15 starts in his first season with the Bears in 2013, posting 65 receptions for 759 yards (11.7 avg.) and five TDs. Was tied for No. 8 in the league among tight ends in receptions and tied for No. 9 in receiving yards.
- Started all 16 games in his one season with the Giants, recording 55 receptions for 626 yards (11.4 avg.) and five TDs in 2012. Became just the fifth TE in team history at that point to register 55-plus catches in a season.
- Appeared in 60 games with 31 starts in four seasons with the Cowboys, posting 85 receptions for 846 yards (10.0 avg.) and four TDs.
- Entered the NFL in 2008 as a second-round pick (No. 61 overall) with Dallas and went on to play four seasons with the Cowboys (2008-11). Also played one season with the N.Y. Giants (2012), three with the Bears (2013-15) and one with the Patriots (2016).
Played three seasons at Texas A&M, finishing his career with 105 receptions for 1,246 yards (11.9 avg.)…His reception total tied the school career record at the time for tight ends, matching the mark posted by Rod Bernstine (1983-86), and his yardage total set an Aggie career record for tight ends as he surpassed Richard Osborne’s mark of 1,181 yards (1972-75)…At the end of his career, held the school record with at least one reception in 29 consecutive games, topping the previous mark of 26 straight games by WR Terrence Murphy (2001-04)…Lettered twice for the Texas A&M basketball team, appearing in 26 games as a reserve forward during the 2005-06 season…Played in four games during the 2006-07 season before leaving the team in January…Majored in communications…Junior season (2007): Appeared in 12 games with six starts, pacing the team with a career-high 49 catches for 587 yards (12.0 avg.) and four TDs…His reception total ranked second at the time on the school single-season list for tight ends behind only Bernstine (65 in 1986), and tied Barney Harris (1968) for ninth on the school’s single-season overall list…Earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition from the San Antonio Express-News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and honorable mention from the league’s coaches and The Associated Press…Of his 49 catches, 30 went for first downs, with 13 of them converting third downs…Had 23 receptions of 10-plus yards, including seven of 20-plus yards…Posted a season-high 98 yards on six catches (16.3 avg.) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 15)…Registered a career-high eight receptions for 91 yards (11.4 avg.) vs. Kansas (Oct. 27)…Matched his career high with two TD catches at Missouri (Nov. 10) as part of a four-catch, 63-yard outing (15.8 avg.)…Sophomore season (2006): Started all 13 games, ranking second on the team with 38 receptions for 497 yards (13.1 avg.) and three TDs…Was a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end, and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the Dallas Morning News...Earned second-team all-conference honors from the league’s coaches, AP and several other outlets…Caught a season-high six passes for 67 yards (11.2 avg.) at Kansas (Oct. 7)…Posted a career-high 133 receiving yards and two TDs on five catches (26.6 avg.) at Baylor (Oct. 28), his first career game with two TD grabs…Freshman season (2005): Played in 11 games with five starts as a true freshman, finishing with 18 catches for 162 yards (9.0 avg.) and three TDs…Earned Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News and was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection by the conference’s coaches…Posted a season-high four receptions for a season-best 39 yards at Colorado (Oct. 8)…Registered the first TD of his career on a 14-yard reception vs. Oklahoma State (Oct. 15), finishing with three grabs for 34 yards (11.3 avg.).
Given name Martellus Demond Bennett…Born in San Diego, Calif. …Married to Siggi; the couple has a daughter, Jett...His older brother, Michael Jr., who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks, was his teammate in high school and at Texas A&M…Is the chief creative director of The Imagination Agency, which produces books and interactive apps...Was named to AdWeek’s “Creative 100” list in 2017...Spoke at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in 2016...High school: Earned first-team Class 5A all-state honors at Taylor High School (Alief, Texas) as a senior in 2004 after hauling in 42 passes for 487 yards (11.6 avg.) and six TDs…Was a consensus All-America selection, an All-Greater Houston choice and a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year…Twice earned all-district recognition…Also played basketball, earning All-Greater Houston accolades as a senior after averaging 23.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game…Community involvement: This past year, founded the Uncle Smarty Foundation, an organization whose mission is to give kids the tools they need to create their own story and help build a better future…Helped buy and design championship rings for the Morgan Park High School (Chicago, Ill.) basketball team in 2017 after the Mustangs won the 3A state title…Has pledged to donate a portion of profits from his jersey sales to fund after-school programs.