After former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett made the decision to retire from the NFL, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took to Twitter to congratulate him on his career.
Bennett was a significant factor in the Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII after he arrived in 2013 via free agency with fellow defensive end Cliff Avril. In five seasons, he compiled 39 sacks and 195 combined tackles (151 solo) in 75 games and 62 starts. He was one of the most ruthless players on the defensive line.
Bennett was also an outspoken advocate for racial equality during his career. He joined other NFL players in peaceful protests in the form of kneeling while the U.S. national anthem played before every game, and he spoke out against police brutality whenever a high-profile case of it surfaced. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 offseason, but he has a solid legacy in Seattle and will be remembered as an integral part of the back-to-back NFC champions of 2013 and 2014.