Sam Martin (American football)

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Sam Martin
No. 6 Detroit Lions
Position: Punter/Kickoff specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth: Fayetteville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Fayetteville (GA) Starr's Mill
College: Appalachian State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Punts: 282
Punting yards: 13,226
Punting average: 46.9
Longest punt: 72
Inside 20: 99
Player stats at

Sam Joseph Martin (born February 27, 1990) is an American football punter for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

Early years[edit]

He was lettered for soccer for four-years and also was received all-state recognition in his junior season at Starr's Mill High School.[1]

College career[edit]

In his senior season, he was selected to the Associated Press All-America First team.[1] He also was named to the first-team all-America by College Sports Journal and third-team all-America by The Sports Network in his Senior season.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In Week 12 of the 2015 season, Martin was awarded as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for 4 punts totaling 181 yards and only 3 punt return yards.[2]

Martin signed a four-year contract extension with the Lions on September 9, 2016.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Appalachian State Mountaineers Profile". 
  2. ^ "Lions' Martin wins NFC award; Tulloch honored, too". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 
  3. ^ Shook, Nick (September 9, 2016). "Theo Riddick, Sam Martin agree to Lions extensions". Retrieved October 29, 2016. 

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