Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/13
After Tuesday’s day off the Chicago Bears return to Halas Hall on Wednesday to dive into preparation for this weekend’s trip to Pittsburgh. That means tight end Martellus Bennett again should be active around the facility. With the media. In the classroom. On the practice field. Bennett is quickly solidifying a reputation in his new city. To reporters covering the team he has become a quote machine as introspective as he is eccentric and goofy. To his coaches Bennett has drawn praise as a maniacal note taker and an eager learner. And to his teammates? Well they’ve seen Bennett’s 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 2-0 start and realize his clutch play has been invaluable. Bennett’s 16-yard TD grab with 10 seconds left Sunday produced a 31-30 defeat over the Vikings and has made him the toast of the town this week. On Monday he made a cameo on “The Jay Cutler Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. Bennett clowned around with his new quarterback as well as hosts Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman during the broadcast. He also expressed his profound appreciation for the bond he’s struck up with new head coach Marc Trestman. Asked if Trestman a subdued and cerebral man by nature can understand a character as colorful and silly as he is Bennett laughed. “I think me and Coach Trestman are probably the only two people who understand each other” Bennett said. “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.” (For the record the character Willy Wonka first appeared in Roald Dahl's 1964 book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Gene Wilder played Wonka in the 1971 film version. Depp starred in the 2005 version.) OK. Sure. Go on ... “If you really look at Coach he’s a genius” Bennett said. “And a lot of times when you’re around really really smart people you don’t really understand them. I thought Willy Wonka was brilliant. I mean he had all kinds of candy. Who doesn’t like chocolate and candies? Everybody wanted a Gobstopper. Ya know? I just think he’s brilliant.” Not to worry. Trestman has his own nickname for the multiple-monikered Martellus: Rain Man.
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