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NFL star Martellus Bennett is now a children's book author, too

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett On His New Children's Book

Martellus Bennett had already noticed the problem. But it was put into sharp focus after his daughter, Austyn Jett, was born two years ago.

"There aren't many children's books about black characters that are just going on adventures," the NFL star told Mashable this month. Black characters, he found, tend to star in children's books with directly racial themes. "My library has over 2,000 children's books in it, and most of the protagonists are either white or creatures."

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So Bennett did something unusual — he wrote a children's book with a black protagonist named AJ, based on his own daughter. The first story, called Hey AJ, It's Saturday, comes out Father's Day weekend. A series will follow.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. This is Martellus Bennett, after all.

Bennett is 29 years old and among the NFL's most talented tight ends. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015, and signed with the New England Patriots this spring. But he's also among the league's more colorful characters, a man with interests that range well beyond football.

ESPN once describe Bennett as "an artist, illustrator, writer, fashionista, musician, director, composer, CEO and, oh, about 87 other things."

Take the shelf that houses part of his massive book collection, for example. Bennett designed it himself, and shared a photo on Instagram earlier this year.

Hey AJ, It's Saturday follows our protagonist on a weekend morning. AJ's parents are sleeping in. She decides to go into the kitchen and — well, you'll have to read the book to find out.

"She's super curious — I think curiosity is one of the most important traits a human being can have," Bennett said. "Saturday was one of my favorite days as a kid and I think the best way to get to know a kid is by what they do on a Saturday morning, so that's how I wanted to introduce AJ to the world."

Two more stories starring AJ are planned for next year, and an app will accompany all three books. But that's just the beginning.

Bennett catches a pass during a Patriots practice in June.
Image: Mark Peterman/AP

Bennett has schemes on an AJ cartoon series, too, and says New York Jets running back Matt Forte will voice her dad. He also wants to make another cartoon series, not related to football but voiced entirely by current and former NFL players. To manage those projects and others, he's launching The Imagination Agency, what he calls a "multimedia production" outfit.

"I've always wanted to create," he said. "I didn't ever want to just be a football player, so I'm just bringing all these childhood dreams together to try to accomplish the things I want to do before I die."

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Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Jared Goff (California) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with his daughter Madison after being picked #23 overall by the Minnesota Vikings during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott takes a 'selfie' with Roger Goddell during the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Late Thursday night Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones heads to a press conference to finally meet with the media after the Dallas Cowboys took part in the 2016 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Team Headquarters at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Apr 29, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher (left), quarterback Jared Goff (center) and general manager Les Snead pose with No. 16 Goff jersey at press conference at Courtyard L.A. Live to introduce Goff as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech) after being selected by the Carolina Panthers as the number thirty overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Corey Coleman (Baylor) is selected by the Cleveland Browns as the number fifteen overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Miami Dolphins as the number thirteen overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Darron Lee (Ohio State) after being selected by the New York Jets as the number twenty overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Eli Apple (Ohio State) is selected by the New York Giants as the number ten overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Corey Coleman (Baylor) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the number fifteen overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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