Kareem Martin

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Kareem Martin
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Martin in 2014
No. 96 – New York Giants
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 27)
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Roanoke Rapids
(Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina)
College:North Carolina
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2013)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:99
Forced fumbles:5
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Kareem Martin (born February 19, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

High school[edit]

A native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, he attended Roanoke Rapids High School, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, Martin was twice named the area defensive player of the year and was named the NCHSAA Athlete of the Year.[1] As a senior, he helped lead Roanoke Rapids to an undefeated season and a conference title. He finished his senior season with 163 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four sacks and one interception, and also had 25 tackles for a loss. He had 121 tackles and five sacks as a junior.

In track & field, Martin was one of the state's top performers in the jumping and hurdling events. He qualified for the state finals in the high jump by leaping 6 ft 6 in (1.99 m) at the 2010 NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional. In addition, he also took 5th in the 110-meter hurdles event in that same meet, recording a personal-best time of 15.84 second.[2] At the NCHSAA 2A State Track Championship, he tied for 2nd place in the high jump, with a leap of 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).[3]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the 28th best weakside defensive end in the nation.[4] Martin accepted a scholarship offer from North Carolina over offers from Duke and Virginia Tech and majored in Public Policy.[5]

College career[edit]

Martin during his tenure at North Carolina.

As a true freshman in 2010, Martin played in 11 games, starting the first three games against LSU, Georgia Tech and Rutgers. He capped off his season with 16 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, one pass breakup and two quarterback pressures. In 2011, he started all 13 games at defensive end. He finished the regular season with 40 tackles, seven tackles for losses, four sacks, one fumble recovery, six pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. In 2011, he started all 12 games and earned second-team All-ACC honors. He totaled 40 tackles, including 15.5 for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. He also forced one fumble and recovered another. As a senior, he earned first-team All-ACC honors after finishing his season best for third on the team with 82 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 78 in
(1.98 m)
272 lb
(123 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.72 s 1.63 s 4.33 s 7.20 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Martin was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[8]

New York Giants[edit]

On March 15, 2018, Martin signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the New York Giants with $7.5 million guaranteed.[9]


  1. ^ Martin Named NCHSAA Athlete of the Year
  2. ^ http://nc.milesplit.com/meets/72160/results/122294
  3. ^ http://nc.milesplit.com/meets/63392/results/122422
  4. ^ Kareem Martin - Yahoo Sports
  5. ^ Roanoke Rapids DE Commits To Tar Heels
  6. ^ Tar Heels' Martin Earns First-Team All-ACC
  7. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=110117&draftyear=2014&genpos=de
  8. ^ Root, Jess (May 9, 2014). "Arizona Cardinals get DE Kareem Martin". RevengeOfTheBirds.com.
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 15, 2018). "New York Giants sign linebacker Kareem Martin". Giants.com.

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