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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " DOUG MARTIN " IS AN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK FOR TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Doug Martin (running back)


Doug Martin
Doug Martin 2013 Pro Bowl.jpg
Martin at the 2012 Pro Bowl.
No. 22     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: January 13, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birthOakland, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High schoolStockton (CA) St. Mary's
CollegeBoise State
NFL Draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Debuted in 2012 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
Rushing yards2,279
Rushing Average4.1
Rushing TDs14
Stats at NFL.com
Doug Martin (born January 13, 1989) is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Boise State.

Early life

Martin was born in Oakland, California in 1989 and grew up in Stockton, California where he attended St. Mary's High School. He was a letter man in football and track. As a junior, Martin rushed 228 times for 1,950 yards and 18 touchdowns, earning first- team all-selection and all-area honors by the Stockton Record and All-San Joaquin accolades by Comcast Sports. During his senior season, Martin rushed for 1,234 yards on 171 carries and 14 touchdowns winning the team's MVP award.[2]
In track & field, Martin recorded a personal-best time of 11.39 seconds in the 100-meter dash while competing as a sprinter. In addition, he also had top-jumps of 6.69 meters (21 ft, 11 in) in the long jump and 13.20 meters (43 ft, 3 in) in the triple jump.[3]

Recruiting

Martin had interest from bigger programs such as California and Oregon State, but committed to Boise State on December 14, 2006.[4]

College career


Martin (center) dives for a TD while playing for Boise State.
Martin attended Boise State University from 2007 to 2011. He finished his career with 3,431 yards on 617 carries with 43 touchdowns.
As a senior in 2011, Martin was the MVP of the 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas afterreturning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown.[5] Throughout his college career, Martin started 25-of-51 games at Boise State and was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2011 and All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010. Martin ranks third in school history with 43 rushing touchdowns and 48 total touchdowns, fifth with 3,431 rushing yards and sixth with 617 rushing attempts.[6][7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBPWonderlic
5 ft 9 in223 lb4.46 s1.60 s2.59 s4.16 s6.79 s36 in10 ft 0 in28 repsX
All values from NFL Combine[8]
On April 26, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Martin with the 31st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, becoming the first player from Boise State University to be drafted by the "Bucs".[9] On June 4, 2012, Martin signed a 5-year contract, worth $6.787 million with the team. After a successful 2012 preseason with the Buccaneers, where he rushed for 97 yards on 27 carries to go with 2 rushing touchdowns, Martin was officially named as the starting running back entering the 2012 regular season by coach Greg Schiano.

2012 Season

On October 25, 2012, Martin rushed for 135 yards and 1 TD and caught 3 passes for 79 yards and 1 TD in a 36-17 win against the Minnesota Vikings. One week later, Martin rushed for 251 yards and tied the NFL record for rushing touchdowns in a half with 4 in a 42-32 road win against the Oakland Raiders. In the game, Martin became the first player in NFL history to score touchdown runs of 70-plus, 45-plus, and 65-plus yards in a game, and is the second player in league history (along with Mike Anderson) to run for 250+ yards and four touchdowns in a game (coincidentally, they both ran for exactly 251 yards and were both in their rookie seasons). Martin also broke the franchise records for rushing yardage and touchdowns in a game.[10]
At the end of the 2012 NFL regular season, Martin finished with over 1450 yards rushing and nearly 500 yards receiving. Martin's 1926 yards from scrimmage in a single season ranks him second in Buccaneers' history behind James Wilder (2229 yards from scrimmage). His 1454 rushing yards broke the Buccaneers' single-season rookie rushing record that was previously held by Cadillac Williams (1178 rushing yards). On January 4, 2013, Martin was announced as one of five finalists for the 2012 NFL rookie of the year award while earning a trip to the 2013 Pro Bowl as first alternate.[11]

2013 Season


Martin, alongside Jason Witten and Charles Tillman during a visit in Hawaii to wounded veterans
On September 15, 2013 in a game against the Saints, Martin rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries. Martin suffered a shoulder injury against the Atlanta Falcons on October 20, 2013. He was placed on the season-ending IR on November 8, 2013 because of a torn labrum.[12]

Personal life

Martin majored in Business.[13]
He sponsors the 'Doug's Avengers' Front Row Fans section at Raymond James Stadium for local charities. Martin supported the Buccaneers 'Wall of Hope' celebration in September 2012 by hosting pediatric cancer patients at One Buccaneer Place for a ceremonial event to raise awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. He also participated in the annual 'Chalk Talk with the Buccaneers' chamber of commerce luncheon in September 2012, greeting fans and speaking on the excitement for the 2012 season.
In October 2012, served dinner to breast cancer patients and families staying at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Tampa, where Barth also helped present a $5,000 donation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In November 2012, Martin helped host a lunch for service members at Coast Guard Air Station Clear water and visited veterans recovering from injury and illness at Bay Pines VA Hospital
Martin visited youth at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and sang holiday carols to residents at Westminster Palms retirement home in December 2012.[14][15]

Career statistics

SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceiving
GPAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTD
2012Tampa Bay163191,4544.67011494729.6641
2013Tampa Bay61274563.628112665.5130
Total224461,9104.37012615388.8641
Source: ESPN.com