Super Bowl champion Martellus Bennett seeks to inspire children beyond being the next Jordan
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) makes a catch as Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) defends during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl champ Martellus Bennett uses Twitter to inspire youth to dream of more than being the next Jordan and to follow their dreams.

Eccentric Super bowl champion Martellus Bennett has been in the headlines recently regarding his decision to skip out on visiting the White House. Something that has not been widely discussed are his ventures outside of football.

Bennett is working to change the perception that athletes need to be simpleminded and “stick to sports.” He’s simultaneously working towards changing the mentality for young black children that playing ball is the only pathway towards success.

The multi-dimensional football star created the Imagination Agency, which earned him a spot on the most recent Forbes 30 under 30 list. The multi-media platform produces short films and creates toys in addition to publishing children’s books and comics. He authored a book based on his daughter called, “Hey A.J.,” in response to only 3% of children’s books having characters of color.

Beyond that, Bennett found the time to send out a set of inspirational tweets Wednesday morning, encouraging children of color to aim beyond merely being the next Jordan.

Bennett’s message to the youth is very clear: aim high and follow dreams, regardless of how they’ll be perceived. Despite the criticism he’s received, Bennett is a living example of the motivational words he’s providing.