Kelvin Martin (American football)

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Kelvin Martin
No. 83, 84
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-05-14) May 14, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 163 lb (74 kg)
Career information
High school: Jean Ribault High School
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 4 / Pick: 95
Debuted in 1987 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history

As player:

*Inactive and/or offseason member only

As coach:

Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 139
Receptions 367
Receiving yards 4,768
Return yards 4,020
Touchdowns 18
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Kelvin Brian Martin (born May 14, 1965 in San Diego, California) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League who was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He graduated from Boston College and played in ten NFL seasons from 1987 to 1996 for the Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Early years[edit]

At Jean Ribault High School in 1982, he made first-team All-City, while leading all Jacksonville wide receivers in catches (47), yards (746) and touchdowns (7).

Martin accepted a scholarship to play for Boston College, where he was a three-year starter and is recognized as one of the top wide receivers in school history.

In 1985 he was named as an All-East wide receiver, had a career-high 172 receiving yards against Pittsburgh University, and was key contributor in Boston College’s Cotton Bowl win. He also caught the winning touchdown pass in the final seconds of Boston College 27-24 Hall of Fame Bowl victory over Georgia University in 1986.

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

In 2000, he was Inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame. He still holds the career touchdown receptions record with 28, remains second in career yardage (2,337 yards) and fifth in receptions (133). Overall, he scored 194 career points.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)[edit]

Martin was drafted in the fourth round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, after dropping because of concerns over his size and speed.

Nicknamed "K-Mart", after being used mostly as a punt returner as a rookie, by his second season he was named the starter playing alongside Michael Irvin.[1] In 1989 he led the team in receptions with 46, even though he was placed on the injured reserve list on November 21 with a left knee interior cruciate ligament injury.[2] The next year he repeated as the team leader in receptions with 64.

With the arrival of Alvin Harper in 1991, he was limited to a third down role 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 4 kickoffs for 79 for a total of 114 yards, the same number of yards that Michael Irvin had with his 6 receptions in the game.

After the season the Cowboys couldn't resign him because of salary cap considerations, so he declared for free agency, leaving as the franchise all-time leader in punt-return yardage with 1,803 yards. He also led the team in punt returns in five different seasons, tying the record held by Bob Hayes.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Martin signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent in 1993 and had his best statistical season with 57 receptions for 798 yards and 5 touchdowns. In two years with the team, he registered 113 receptions, 1,479 yards and six touchdowns. He was left unprotected for the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft.[3]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, but was later released to reach the 95-man roster limit.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

After his release he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles,[4] and appeared in nine games during the 1995 season, catching 17 passes for 206 yards. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 13, 1995.[5]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)[edit]

Martin 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, 261 punt returns for 2,567 yards and 76 kickoff returns for 1,453 yards.

Personal life[edit]

He was a special teams and wide receivers assistant coach at Jacksonville University in 2000.[6] He left to coach the wide receivers and special teams for the University of North Texas in 2001 and 2002, before resigning from the team.[7]


  1. ^ AP (August 5, 1988). "Landry eyeing Martin for help at receiver". The Victoria Advocate. 
  2. ^ AP (November 21, 1989). "Cowboys lose top wide receiver". The Item. 
  3. ^ AP (January 18, 1995). "Martins, Edmunds among six Hawks left for new teams". The Spokesman-Review. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Transactions". Gettysburg Times. December 14, 1995. 
  6. ^ "College football: Martin hired at UNT". The Victoria Advocate. April 26, 2001. 
  7. ^ "Thursday's transactions". Eugene Register-Guard. September 13, 2002. 

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