Bennett makes clutch catch after game

November, 26, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It won't go on the stat sheet, but the catch of the night might have occurred after the final score was posted.

Martellus Bennett was coming off the field and tossing his gloves to a few kids in the stands when an adult came up to make a catch and toppled over the railing. Bennett broke his fall and they both ended up on the ground before three state troopers converged and led the fan away.

"I just did what any superhero would do," Bennett said. "Saved his life."

It wasn't super graceful, however. Bennett wasn't injured, but being a good samaritan wasn't without risk. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end saw the fan come up behind one of the kids. The fan, wearing a David Wilson jersey, lost his balance about 10 feet above the ground. The fan told police he was pushed.

"I caught him and then slowly tried to pull him down but then I tripped over somebody and we all fell," Bennett said.

Both men ended up on the ground, and Bennett said he wasn't hurt although people converged on him asking if he was OK. He got up and continued through the tunnel and into the locker room.

The Giants tight end is a big fan of comic books, and had an analogy for the short-but-intense postgame episode.

"I'm like Scott Summers," Bennett said. "Do you know who Scott Summers is? Cyclops off X-Men."

Well, that explains it.

Ashley Fox contributed to this report.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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