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Michael Bennett starting book club for Seahawks teammates

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett obviously is one of the most outspoken players in the NFL. And it appears the Seattle Seahawks defensive end believes it’s best to be informed beforehand on the topics one is discussing, and there’s no better way to accomplish that is to be well-read on the issues, specifically through books.

Bennett is such a staunch proponent of acquiring knowledge through reading that he has started a book club for his Seahawks teammates.

“Try to get a book and try to have a good conversation about it,” Bennett said, via ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “Read a couple chapters and just go through it. ‘What’s your take on it? What’s your opinion on it?’

“It’s going to be pretty cool.”

Bennett’s book club has garnered some interest among his teammates. Some have even been receptive to reading the first book Bennett has chosen for the newly formed club: “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.

“They have been receptive,” Bennett said. “I tell them don’t waste too much time staying on the phone all the time. Every once in awhile, open up a book.”

Bennett first floated the concept of a team book club to Seahawks vice president of player engagement Maurice Kelly, who not only supported the idea, but also praised Bennett for his commitment to learning new things.

“People think that he just talks, but he does research,” Kelly said of Bennett. “He reads a lot. He’s not just talking to be talking, just to hear himself.”

Kelly added that Bennett deserves credit for taking the initiative to start a book club, something that will not only help Seahawks players become more well-rounded but will also build camaraderie.

“It’s a good thing, kind of taking everybody out of their comfort zone,” he said. “I don’t know too many guys who read a lot of books. Mike reads. But to put the onus on everybody else, to challenge everybody else, I’m accepting the challenge.”

Football players are often stereotyped as big, dumb jocks. But Bennett, as well as many other NFLers, prove that perception isn’t always reality.