FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Veteran free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett, whose career was highlighted by winning a Super Bowl championship with the New England Patriots in the 2016 season, announced his retirement Friday night.

Free-agent tight end and Super Bowl champion Martellus Bennett announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday night after a 10-year career.

Bennett, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round in 2008 out of Texas A&M, technically finished his career with the New England Patriots.

Bennett played for the Dallas Cowboys (2008-11), New York Giants (2012), Chicago Bears (2013-15), Patriots (2016, ’17) and Green Bay Packers (2017) and totaled 433 career receptions for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns. The 31-year-old also delivered countless colorful soundbites, as his big personality was hard to miss wherever he played.

He teamed with Rob Gronkowski to form a potent 1-2 combination at tight end as the Patriots went on to win Super Bowl LI.

When the Patriots won the AFC Championship Game at home, the sight of a smiling Bennett dancing on the field with pom-poms in his hands as Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” blared was one of the unforgettable scenes of the night.

From his time in Chicago, Bennett openly questioned the leadership of quarterback Jay Cutler, which made waves.

Bennett was a free agent after the Patriots released him March 7, a move that was expected because it cleared $6 million of salary-cap space.

According to the district attorney’s office, Michael was attempting to get on the field to celebrate with Martellus.

Martellus Bennett finishes his career with 433 catches for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.

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