Paul Martha

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Paul Martha
Date of birth: (1942-06-22) June 22, 1942 (age 72)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s): Safety
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick 10
Organizations
As player:
1964-1969
1970
Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Paul Martha (born June 22, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football safety who played seven seasons in the National Football League.

Early life[edit]

Martha played high school athletics at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, where he was a star quarterback, graduating in 1960.[1]

College career[edit]

Martha played college football and basketball at the University of Pittsburgh.[2] After playing quarterback in 1961, he moved to running back, where he became a consensus All-American in his second season at the new position. In 1962, he led Pitt in both receiving and scoring. He led the Panthers to a 9-1 record as a senior in 1963,[3] and after the season he played in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl and the College All-Star game.[4][5]

NFL career[edit]

He was selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.[6]

In his rookie season of 1964, Martha caught six passes for 145 yards (a 24.2 average) and rushed four times for 12 yards. He also returned 13 punts and one kick. In 1965, he caught 11 passes for 171 yards (a 15.5 average) and rushed two times for three yards.[7][8] He spent the next four seasons as a full-time safety on defense, and in those four seasons he recorded a total of 15 interceptions.[9]

After the 1969 season, his sixth and last one in Pittsburgh, he played for the Denver Broncos in 1970, picking off a career-high six passes for 99 return yards.[10]

Post-NFL career[edit]

During his time playing for the Steelers, Martha attended Duquesne University, from which he earned a law degree. He became an attorney and worked for the Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay law firm in Pittsburgh and for Youngstown Steel before hooking up with Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., the Youngstown shopping mall magnate, in the mid-1970s. He rose in prominence with DeBartolo's sports teams, becoming executive vice president, general counsel and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1977 and executive vice president and general counsel of the San Francisco 49ers in 1978. He also ran the Civic Arena, now Mellon Arena.[11] In the early 1980s, he was general manager of the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL. He was involved in mediating between the NFL players union and NFL owners on different occasions.

Personal life[edit]

Martha is currently retired and lives in a retirement community in the St. Louis area. He has three sons and six grandchildren.[12] In 2010 he returned to Pittsburgh to attend a Paul Martha Tribute Luncheon attended by 140 people.[13] He also was married to two different women, Roxanne Martha and Bobbie Martha-Smith.

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