Michael Bennett Pretended to Be Russell Wilson to Get a Table at a Restaurant

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

USA Today

Being the quarterback of an 11-1 NFL team tends to earn a guy preferential treatment. Pretending to be that quarterback apparently does the same thing.

When Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett tried to get a table at a popular Seattle Seahawks restaurant, he was told that they were all booked up. 

End of story? Nope.

Bennett called back pretending to be his popular teammate, quarterback Russell Wilson. Bennett told ESPN 710 about his fun (via ESPN.com's Terry Blount):

"I called them back a few minutes later. I said, 'Hey, this is Russell Wilson. I'll be attending your restaurant today. Do you have any tables?'

"And she was like, 'Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22-for-30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!' She knew every stat."

The key to making this happen was to simply change his voice when he called back.

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks watches from the sidelines as the clock winds down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2013 in Seatt
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It was easy to figure out that the defensive end had put one over on the restaurant when he showed up. Bennett is listed as five inches taller and 68 pounds heavier than Wilson.

"I got to the restaurant with my wife and kids," Bennett said. "I said, 'Oh, thank you. I'm Russell Wilson.' She was like, 'Good joke.' I said, 'Gotcha.'"

Despite getting fooled, the restaurant still honored the reservation.

"She took me to the table and they had it roped off," Bennett said. "They had sparkling water and everything."

Bennett jumped at the chance to take advantage of his teammate's fame. Wilson is one of the leading candidates for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, and that apparently allows him to pull some strings to get his way in Seattle.

Hat tip to CBS Sports for the find.