Kelvin Martin (American football)
|Date of birth:||May 14, 1965|
|Place of birth:||San Diego, California|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||163 lb (74 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1987 / Round: 4 / Pick: 95|
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Kelvin Brian Martin (born May 14, 1965 in San Diego, California) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. A 5'9", 163 lb (74 kg). wide receiver from Boston College, Martin played in ten NFL seasons from 1987 to 1996 for the Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles.
At Ribault High School in 1982, he made first-team All-City, while leading all Jacksonville receivers in catches (47), yards (746) and touchdowns (7).
Among top wide receivers in Boston College history, still holds the career touchdown receptions record with 28. Remains second in career yardage (2,337 yards) behind Pete Mitchell and fifth in receptions (133). Overall, he scored 194 career points.
As a punt return specialist, he led the nation in yardage in 1985 (510). He set Boston College records for career returns (79 for 1,012 yards), single season yardage (510), single game yardage (166), and scored four touchdowns on punt runbacks.
- 1983: 6 catches for 119 yards with 1 TD
- 1984: 37 catches for 715 yards with 10 TD
- 1985: 49 catches for 958 yards with 9 TD
- 1986: 41 catches for 545 yards with 8 TD
Nicknamed "K-Mart", by his second season in Dallas, he became a starter playing alongside Michael Irvin. With the arrival of Alvin Harper, he found his role diminished, limiting him to third down situations and as a punt returner.
he caught 32 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns during the 1992 Super Bowl championship season; also returned two punts for touchdowns. Martin participated in Super Bowl XXVII, did not have any receptions in the game but returned 3 punts for 35 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 79 for a total of 114 yards, same number of yards that Michael Irvin had with his 6 receptions in the game.
Re-signed with the Cowboys in 1996, catching 25 passes for 380 yards.
He retired at the end of the season, finishing his career with 367 passes for 4,768 yards, 15 touchdowns and 41 punts returns for 373 yards.
Post Football career
- "Ex-Cowboy accused of drug possession". The Dallas Morning News. August 31, 2002.
- S.A. Paolantonio (JUNE 13, 1995). "KELVIN MARTIN AN EAGLE IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM, JOIN THEM. AND IF YOU HAVE BEATEN THEM, JOIN THEM ANYWAY.". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Rick Herrin (April 26, 2001). "Ex-Cowboys receiver joins North Texas staff". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.