A football player’s physique could make him superhero material, but for New York Giant Martellus Bennett, saving lives is a frequent occurence.
“We were celebrating the great win that we had as a team. I was walking into the locker room and some kids were like ‘Hey Black Unicorn.’ That’s what they call me. And I was like, ‘Hey, yeah, what’s up guys?’ And then I was handing my gloves. Some guy, he was probably like 48 years older than the little kid that wanted the glove, but he tried to take the glove from the little kid, and the little kid like took it and ducked, and then he went over the top of the little kid. And I just caught him. It wasn’t that big of a deal.
“I caught him and then I was about to set him down gently, kinda like when Lois Lane is caught by Superman and then he kind of takes her down and sets her down so she can land on her feet. But it didn’t happen like that. There was a cameraman behind me. You all know cameramen are the least athletic people in the world. I stepped on him, and then I fell down. We both went down. And then by the time I looked up, the police had him.
“No, I didn’t get hurt. I was just happy the guy was OK. Just doing my job as a neighborhood superhero.’’
“Usually, I prefer women to dive out the stands,’’ says the man dubbed the “Black Unicorn” for his heroic efforts. His prior rescues have included saving drowning cousins and a boy that was trampled at a basketball court. His words, not ours.