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Martellus Bennett leads Patriot Place's weekly 'Storytime' at The Hall

Arthor and Patriots TE and Martellus Bennett read his book, 'Hey A.J., It's Saturday!" to children at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Bennett also signed his book at the Patriots ProShop.

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Those families who came out to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon for the [weekly Tuesday morning "Storytime"](Martellus Bennett leads Patriot Place's weekly 'Storytime' at The Hall) were in for a bit of surprise. It wasn't just any book and it wasn't just any author sitting in the front of the room asking the kids what they liked for breakfast. 

The second Martellus Bennett walked in the door, the crowd of kids and families knew they were in for something special.

Marty spent Tuesday morning reading his children's book, "Hey A.J. It's Saturday" to an excited group at The Hall and was accompanied onstage by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. He dove right into the world he created and made sure to bring the audience with him.

The main character of Marty's book, A.J., discovers her kitchen has been taken over by animals as she's trying to make breakfast on a Saturday morning. Between pages, Marty asked the kids in the room what they like for breakfast. There was an overwhelming vote for pancakes, and the kids learned how Marty likes his bacon and eggs (crispy and scrambled, respectively).

"I don't like them runny," he said. "It's weird."

Angela and Michael Foley of Wrentham brought their two kids, Declan and Teegan, to "Storytime." They were pleasantly surprised to find out Marty would be reading, and while Angela and Michael were just as excited as their kids, they said he was an engaging and exciting storyteller, both in person and in print. 

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"It was great," Angela said. "I loved the animation and how fun it was. I love that he was trying to interact and ask the kids questions too. It was really cool." 

After the reading, Marty signed copies of his book at the ProShop. With a life-size Marty made out of balloons by his side, he was greeted by reader after reader and even a familiar face: a teacher from his high school.

Meredith Frost taught science at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas, while Marty was there, and though she never taught him, she knew him well. She moved to New Hampshire a few years ago, and when she heard that Marty had been traded to the Patriots this offseason, she reached out to him. 

Meredith said Marty has been the same vibrant, creative and outspoken person since he was a high schooler, and to see him succeed in not only the NFL but also his creative endeavors has been special.

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"Him being a writer and him finding his passion that way is so much more powerful [than football]," Meredith said. "I don't know if that's just the teacher part of me, but it's a gift that he has to play football but it's a different kind of gift to write a book and to be inspired to do that." 

Marty's desire to tell stories and tell them well is at his core, Meredith said, and she expects him to tell story after story so she can "own the entire Bennett library" as new books come out.

"It's part of who he is," she said. "He always has a story to tell, and the fact that he gets to share that and share that with an audience that is open, I think that's really important. He's making a difference."

For more pictures from Marty's "Storytime" at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, check out the photo gallery below.

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Arthor and Patriots TE and Martellus Bennett read his book, 'Hey A.J., It's Saturday!" to children at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Bennett also signed his book at the Patriots ProShop.

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