For tight end Martellus Bennett, signing with the New York Giants was like being given a second chance. After years of limited action behind Jason Witten -admittedly one of the NFL's best- the fifth-year veteran finally has the opportunity to prove himself in the world's largest media market. And he hasn't been shy about his excitement over that opportunity. Unfortunately for the Black Unicorn, that confidence has not been well-received by many.
"His life will be made to be a living hell if he does not show up and produce," Smith said.
Generally, Stephen A. Smith is a bit more level-headed than his Big Blue-hating co-host Skip Bayless, but as the saying goes, you are the company you keep and eventually stupid will wear off on you.
Nothing Bennett said about what happened in Dallas or what he expects here in New York was outlandish – and that's saying something when you consider many of the outlandish things he does say. But like every athlete who steps onto the field, he believes in himself, his ability and feels it will only take one legitimate opportunity to prove that to everyone watching. We call that confidence, and it's something everyone in the NFL needs to survive.
Bennett may or may not live up to his own hype, but only time will tell. That said, having confidence in oneself is exactly what you want from every player because the alternative is doubt … and that's a recipe for failure. And unlike television shows such as First Take, athlete's in the NFL don't last long when they fail over, and over, and over, and over again.
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