Michael Bennett in first interview as a Patriot: "I used to hate the Patriots ... but now that I'm here I love it."

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 25:  Michael Bennett of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during warmups before the game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Bennett of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during warmups before the game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots edge rusher Michael Bennett gave a brief interview in Foxborough, his first as a member of the team. You can watch the full video at Patriots.com.

Bennett, who came to the Patriots along with a 2020 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick, admitted he used to feel the same way that most opposing players must feel about the Pats, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick. But it's a little different once you're wearing their uniform.

"I used to hate the Patriots," he said. "I hated it because they would win so much. I hated it because Tom Brady's hair was long. I hated that Belichick would wear sweaters. But now that I'm here I love it. I love Tom Brady's hair. I love being a Patriot. It's all about winning. I think about the organization is team-first, and it's just about doing what we need to do to get where we want to go as a group. I love that."

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Defensive end Michael Bennett #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts as he warms up before playing the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Michael also joked that he hated the Patriots "even more" when brother Martellus played for them in 2016.

Bennett has long been a polarizing figure in the NFL due to his outspoken nature, especially when it comes to issues that transcend football. But there's little doubt that the 33-year-old loves football and can still be a very productive pass rusher. He made nine sacks in 2018 and his 30 quarterback hits were fourth-best in the league.

If Belichick can ensure that Bennett stays focused on winning football games and doing what's best for the team, there's a chance Bennett can be one of the best pass-rushers they've had in his tenure. His personality is as compelling as his talent is undeniable.

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