Mild-mannered Martellus Bennett was quietly minding his own business, throwing his gloves up to kids lining the tunnel at MetLife Stadium after the New York Giants’ victory over the Green Bay Packers when he suddenly realized that he needed to spring into action.
A middle-aged man who came up to make a catch was about to flip over the railing and fall about 15 feet to the concrete. The Giants’ 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end just couldn’t let that happen.
“I was doing what I usually do, moseying to the locker room and meandering around,” Bennett said (via USA Today’s Mike Garafolo). “Naturally, I just wanted to step back, but I did the righteous thing and I stepped up. I caught him, I saved his life, I tapped into my inner superhero, which I do have.
“I’m usually a ninja, but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life. He owes me his first-born or something. Actually I don’t want that. Maybe a sandwich or something.”
Bennett and the man fell to the ground and Bennett needed an assist himself. “I felt like Prince, because everybody was like, ‘You okay? You okay?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’ They were helping me up.”
Three New Jersey state troopers converged and led the man, who said he was pushed, away, presumably to be written up.
“That [stinks],” Bennett said.
This afternoon, the story got better. Bennett, who calls himself “The Black Unicorn,” claimed he has saved five lives, then increased it to a half-dozen. It seems he’s a certified life guard.