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NFL Veteran Martellus Bennett Hopes To Plant Seeds Of Imagination For Young Black Men

Bennett, who played high school football in Houston, talks about his new storytelling initiatives for children of color.

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Former NFL player and former Houstonian Martellus Bennett talks about his Imagination Agency storytelling enterprise at the 2018 Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit.

Martellus Bennett spent a decade in the NFL, playing tight end for the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.

In 2017, his Patriots won Super Bowl LI, which was played right here in Bennett’s home town of Houston. He played high school football for Alief Taylor before attending Texas A&M and being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. He retired from the NFL in 2018.

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Tight end Martellus Bennett (88) in a 2017 game against the Denver Broncos. Bennett played high school football in Houston at Alief Taylor H.S. and college football at Texas A&M.

But football isn’t his only passion. In 2014, Bennett founded The Imagination Agency, a storytelling studio dedicated to providing literature and other media for children of color.

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Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett created a storytelling studio aimed at children of color.

Dear Black Boy - BookNow, Bennett has written and illustrated a children’s book, called Dear Black Boy. It’s an adaptation of a letter he addressed to black children after the 2016 police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

In the letter and subsequent book, he aims to inspire young black men to dream big and aim for more in life.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Bennett about his creative work in this new, post-football chapter of his life.

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Former NFL player Martellus Bennett poses with his children’s book, Dear Black Boy.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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