Martin in March 2012
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|Date of birth:||July 8, 1975|
|Place of birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|NFL draft:||1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 172|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Martin was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 8, 1975. He attended Evanston Township High School in Illinois before going onto play college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the Wisconsin Badgers between 1995 and 1999, appearing in the 1996 Copper Bowl, 1998 Outback Bowl and 1999 Rose Bowl, winning in 96' and 99'. During a high school Martin got blindsided while trying to get a fair catch. His eye fell out and when he found it he put it back in himself. It got infected and as a result he developed glaucoma.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Martin soon became a starter for the Eagles. Martin's two career touchdowns came in the same game, twice receiving from Donovan McNabb in a 17-20 loss against the St. Louis Rams during the 2001 season. Cecil left the Eagles at the end of the 2002 season. Martin was an ever-present in the Eagles 2000, 2001 and 2002 campaigns, all three ending in the team qualifying for the playoffs. In the 2003 off season, Martin signed on the practice team for the Oakland Raiders. He was later cut and picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom he appeared in one game in 2003, a 13-33 loss to the Tennessee Titans in week 16. Martin retired from professional football having played 61 regular season and 7 post season games across his 5 seasons in the game.
Currently, Martin works with high school student-athletes across the country educating them on the college recruiting process as an Educational Speaker for the National Collegiate Scouting Association. Martin also often appears on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom as a studio analyst for their NFL programming.
Martin suffers from Bell's Palsy, which affects the left side of his face.