James Marten

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James Marten
No. 71
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-04-18) April 18, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

James P. Marten (born April 18, 1984 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Marten was also a member of the Chicago Bears, the Oakland Raiders, and the Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Boston College.

Early years[edit]

Marten was an All-State and All-County selection in football at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. He also practiced the discus throw and basketball, where he was a part of the State 3A championship team in 2000.

Marten accepted a scholarship to play at Boston College. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, he was the backup to left tackle Jeremy Trueblood. He was the starter at left guard in 2004 and 2005. He was moved to left tackle for the 2006 season, where he earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Marten was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was moved to right tackle and was inactive for every game in his rookie season. In his second year, he was tried at left guard, before being released at the start of the 2008 season.[1]

His problems were never helped by the fact that he followed a string of unsuccessful offensive lineman selections, made by the team in the first rounds of the draft: Al Johnson (2003), Jacob Rogers (2004) and Stephen Peterman (2004).[2]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

He was claimed by the Oakland Raiders on September 8 2008.[3] That season he was active in one game as a reserve against the Buffalo Bills and would eventually be waived before the start of the 2009 season.[4]

Chicago Bears[edit]

The Chicago Bears had previously tried to claim Marten, but were beaten by the Raiders due to waiver priority. In 2009 they were able to sign him to their practice squad, before promoting him to the active roster on December 14,[5] although he would not appear in a game that season. He was waived before the start of the 2010 season and was signed to the team's practice squad, until December 7 when he was released.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On December 9, 2010 he was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad, reuniting with head coach Tony Sparano, who was his offensive line coach in Dallas. After the season the Dolphins signed him to a two-year contract on January 3, but he retired from professional football on August 5, 2011.


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