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Martellus Bennett Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett talks a lot. He’s openly critical of the NFL. Now he’s putting his money where his mouth is.

Upon seeing someone purchase his new Packers’ jersey, Bennett announced he would take the money from his jersey sales and use it for after-school programs.

We really like all of that (especially the criticism of the league).

Players get two-thirds of an allotment generated from their jersey sales. The other third of that amount goes to the player’s union, which is then distributed among all players. Of course, that isn’t necessarily the full amount generated from jersey sales, as you can bet the league has their greedy hands in that pie, as well.

Bennett isn’t the first player to donate the money from his jersey sales. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced he would give all of the money from his jersey sales back to communities, last September. Kaepernick has followed through with donations to numerous organizations and causes, including, most recently, $50,000 to Meals On Wheels. Not all of those donations were the result of jersey sales, however.

As far as we know, Bennett is the first member of the Packers to make such a public pledge, although plenty of other guys are involved with charity work.

So it isn’t as if he’s alone, but Bennett is more outspoken about it, which isn’t a bad thing.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. PF4L March 25, 2017

    Some guys give, without the need to let everyone know it.

    So the players get 2/3rds of jersey money, the union gets the other 3rd? The NFL get’s nothing? Really?

    1. Kato March 25, 2017

      I kind of find that hard to believe too. That does not sound like the NFL

  2. Howard March 25, 2017

    I think this 2/3 and 1/3 is from a CNN article. The 2/3 and 1/3 is money made. That has to be after the manufacturer is paid, and the teams and NFL receive their merchandise fees, profits, etc. There is No way the NFL is not going to get their fee for the use of their shield.

    If the team or NFL did not get there cut you can guarantee the sellers would be getting a nasty letter from the NFL or team attorneys. That closely followed by a personal visit from Luca making you an offer you couldn’t refuse.

    1. PF4L March 25, 2017

      The CNN article is the only place i saw this, 2/3rds, 1/3rd payout. It was in an article highlighting moronic idiots who sit on a bench in the NFL. It might be true that the 2/3rds, 1/3rd formula is correct. BUT, only as it relates to the license fee the NFLPA charges. Example: If the NFLPA gets a fee of $0.33 per jersey, the player gets 22 cents. The reason the author wrote what he did, was because he copied the content of another article, in it’s simplist form. Without further thought to how misleading and untrue it is.

      The NFL has it’s own license fee, which get’s treated as annual revenue and gets dispersed evenly among the 32 teams.

  3. PF4L March 25, 2017

    All this stuff is NFL licensed, of course the NFL and teams get their cut.

    My point was. amazement of the authors statement.