Meet The Bennett Family
Michael and Pele Bennett met in high school in Texas, and started dating their sophomore or junior year. The Bennetts are locally famous in Houston, where they grew up, though Michael is originally from a small town in Louisiana. They were married in Hawaii, and chose to settle down there because they both loved the islands and Pele has family there. Now, with three kids, the Bennetts do everything together, from gardening to going out to eat.
Michael was born in Louisiana and moved to Texas where he played football at Alief High School. He then went on to play college football at Texas A&M from 2005 - 2008. Michael signed as a undrafted free agent to the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 until he was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October of the same year. In 2012, he led the Buccaneers in sacks, and the Seattle Seahawks signed him soon after in March of 2013. In 2014, the team became Super Bowl Champions, and Michael re-signed with the Seahawks for four more years. In 2015, the Bennett family moved their primary residence to Hawaii. This year, Michael was named Pro Bowl Defensive MVP and he continues to live up to the title as one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
Pele Bennett grew up in Texas, where she met Michael in high school. She is dedicated to her work with The Bennett Foundation and especially her family. Pele has a passion for gardening, which she likes to do with the family at the Bennett's own backyard plot. Together they grow zucchinis, carrots, tomatoes, and other healthy veggies that they use in the kitchen.
The three Bennett kids, oldest to youngest, are Peyton, Blake, and Ollie. The kids are always willing to assist Michael and Pele with foundation initiatives, including working on things for the website and brainstorming creative ideas for charity events. The kids have several tasty go-to snacks; Peyton likes to snack on cheese, Blake prefers plain carrots, and Ollie loves fruit, especially blueberries, strawberries, and apples.