Seahawk Michael Bennett on why he skips OTAs, his book, the team’s upcoming journey and his weight

Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett touched on a number of topics during his press conference Wednesday.

What Michael Bennett said about Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson Wednesday figures to get the most attention.

But Bennett hardly stopped there during a roughly 10-minute session with Seattle media.

Here’s more of what he said.

Michael Bennett talks to the Seattle media Wednesday.

On why he skips OTAs

Bennett skipped the voluntary OTAs (Organized Team Activities) for the third straight year but is attending the mandatory mini-camp. Bennett was searching for a new contract the last two years, which he admitted at the time played a role in sitting out OTAs.

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But Bennett also said there are some broader reasons for why he prefers to do as much of his offseason training at his home in Honolulu, which he shares with his wife and three daughters.

“I like to be a parent,” Bennett said. “I’ve got daughters. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher at the school. I do things in the community. I try to balance my football life with my actual reality. So, to find that great balance as a human being. I think it’s important as athletes to find that. I think a lot of times athletes have a problem when they retire because they build an identity around sports. Then when the sport is gone you are lost. So along this way you’ve got to transition yourself to be able to life in civilization. So find different things you can be a part of. Find out who you are.

“That’s why I do that I do. I mean, I train harder than anyone in the NFL. So I’m not worried about being in shape or being the best player I can be. What I am worried about is how good of a parent I can be, and how much better a husband I can be.”

On if he thinks the talk of the Seahawks having internal strife is overblown


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