Former Seahawk Michael Bennett retiring from NFL

Former Seahawk Michael Bennett retiring from NFL
Seattle Seahawks' Michael Bennett celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SEATTLE — Former Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett announced he’s retiring after 11 seasons.

Bennett posted a quote from Toni Morrison on his Instagram page early Tuesday.

“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another,” it says.

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He went on to thank his wife and kids for making sacrifices for his career.

Bennett helped the Seahawks beat the Broncos in 2014 to win the Super Bowl.

When the Seahawks won the NFC Championship game against the Packers in 2015, Bennett snagged a Seattle police officer’s bicycle during the celebration and road it around the field.

Bennett started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving to Seattle and joining the Seahawks in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. He was waived by the Seahawks in October 2009 but returned to the team as an unrestricted free agent in March 2013.

He was traded to the Eagles 5 years later.

Bennett also played for the Patriots and Cowboys.

He says he’s looking forward to figuring out his next step in life.