Bennett, neighbors pitch in to help

October, 31, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants tight end Martellus Bennett spent his off day Tuesday aiding his neighbors in West New York, N.J., deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

"I was trying to help everybody out that I could in the streets by where I live," Bennett said. "Did some cleanup around with some of the other people that live in my building."

Bennett, who lost power and stayed at offensive lineman Kevin Boothe's house Tuesday night, said he helped clear branches and tried to aid some cars, although he lost the battle with those submerged in water.

"Mainly like cleaned up the streets so people who did get their cars out so they were able to drive through," Bennett said. "We did what we could, try to give a helping hand."

The tight end, who has 29 catches for a career-high 334 receiving yards this season, said he would possibly be staying with Booth again if his home didn't have power Wednesday. He joked that he didn't want to cause the lineman's home to take a hit on the market by staying too long.

"I didn't want to bring down the property value of their neighborhood," Bennett joked. "I made sure I parked in the back and went through the backdoor when I entered their house. But they said we are welcome.

"That is what this team is about. We have a great group of guys. Anytime you are in need or need help, they reach out. I'm grateful to have them as teammates and as friends."

Bennett said he tried to help his neighbors keep things in perspective.

"We had some people in the building complaining about having to walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator," he said. "I had to to tell them, 'Come on, really? You got to walk up six flights of stairs; there are other people that have a lot of worse things going on in their lives right now than having to walk up the stairs. You are in good situation right now, the only thing we don't have here is power.' It's all about perspective."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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