Chicago Bears: Willy Wonka and the Black Unicorn
Chicago Bears fans have to be elated with the addition of tight end Martellus Bennett so far. Not only is he performing on the field in an absolutely critical fashion, but his off-the-field personality is as entertaining as anyone’s.
During a recent interview with ESPN1000, Bennett gave us all another reason to love him. When asked about his new coach on “The Jay Cutler Show,” Bennett had an interesting comparison.
“I think me and coach Trestman are probably the only two people who understand each other,” Bennett said of Marc Trestman. “I always say coach Trestman reminds me of the first Willy Wonka. Not the Johnny Depp one. The Johnny Depp one was really cool, but the first one before that, the 1943 version.
“I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. He had all kinds of candy. Who doesn’t like chocolate and candies? Everybody wanted a Gobstopper. I just think he’s brilliant.”
It doesn’t even matter that Bennett is 28 years off on the original version starring Gene Wilder, the fact of the matter is, Bennett is just plain hilarious. Very few can pull of such a ridiculous statement without being ridiculed or made fun of. But, if you were to do just that to Bennett, chances are he’d laugh right back at you.
Bears fans already love interacting with Bennett on Twitter and have done so since the day he signed. They’ve enjoyed his presence on the field through two weeks. Now, they get to enjoy his presence off the field as he possesses the ability to make anyone laugh.
On a serious note, though, Bennett does have tons of respect for Trestman.
“He’s a genius,” Bennett said. “A lot of times when you’re around really, really smart people, you don’t really understand them.”
Trestman responded by giving kudos to his tight end, as well as acknowledging the fact that he has no idea who Willy Wonka is.
“I wouldn’t know who Willy Wonka is, quite frankly,” Trestman said as he laughed. “I would bet it’s … umm … Martellus is from a different place.
“Johnny Depp, I know that one,” Trestman said. “But I don’t have any comment. That’s just Martellus being Martellus, right? I’m just happy he’s here. He’s been just a joy to work with. He’s been great in our locker room. He loves football and he wants to get better every day, and who could ask for more?”