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Defensive end Michael Bennett retires after 11 NFL seasons

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                                Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett celebrates with confetti on the field after the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game, in East Rutherford, N.J., in 201. Bennett, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring.

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    Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett celebrates with confetti on the field after the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game, in East Rutherford, N.J., in 201. Bennett, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring.

Michael Bennett, a Hawaii resident who won a Super Bowl as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks and made three Pro Bowls, says he is retiring.

The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett posted. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.”

Bennett had 69 1/2 career sacks in 11 pro seasons. He entered the NFL in 2009 with Tampa Bay, then made his biggest impact with Seattle, which he joined for that Super Bowl season. His three Pro Bowl years came with the Seahawks, whom he joined on a one-year deal in free agency before getting a four-year contract in 2014.

Bennett moved on to Philadelphia in 2018, then played six games with the Patriots and nine with the Cowboys last year.

A strong pass rusher, he also was solid against the run and had 10 forced fumbles in his career.

Bennett’s brother Martellus was an NFL tight end.

Bennett and his wife have lived on Oahu during the NFL off-season since buying a house in East Honolulu in 2015. He has also dedicated time and resources via a charitable foundation he started to host sports camps, coaches clinics and other community events at various high schools and at the University of Hawaii.

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