Bobby Martin (American football)

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Bobby Martin
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1987-11-03) November 3, 1987 (age 29)
Dayton, Ohio
Height 3 ft (0.91 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Sport American football
Disability Caudal regression syndrome
Updated on 30 December 2013.

Bobby Martin (born November 3, 1987)[1] is a former high school American football defensive lineman. He has no legs as he was born with Caudal regression syndrome, and uses his arms to run. A graduate of Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio, he played American football for his high school varsity team. He is a redshirt freshman at Central State University.


Martin is 3 feet (0.91 m) tall and weighs 110 pounds (50 kg); he has no legs as he was born with Caudal regression syndrome.[2] During his senior season of 2005, in a game against Mount Healthy High School's team in Cincinnati, he was removed from play at half-time by officials claiming he was in breach of the rules requiring players to wear thigh pads, knee pads and shoes. His school was later told by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that this decision was incorrect and that Martin was allowed to play in all games. He finished the season with 48 tackles. At halftime of one game, he was named the Homecoming King.

Martin is currently[when?] studying marketing at Central State, outside Dayton, but is not playing football. In 2007, then Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel invited Martin to a practice. Martin ended up getting involved in some of the action when he saw Dennis Northcutt evade player after player. Martin approached Northcutt and claimed that he could tackle him. At the goading of teammate Braylon Edwards, Northcutt allowed Martin to challenge him. Martin hung with Northcutt for 20 yards before forcing him out at the one-yard line.[3]


On July 12, 2006, Martin won the ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.


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