Steve Martin (American football)

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Not to be confused with Steve Martin (defensive end).
Steve Martin
No. 90, 73, 91, 99
Date of birth (1974-05-31) May 31, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth St. Paul, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s) Defensive Tackle
College Missouri
NFL draft 1996 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Career history
As player
1996–1998 Indianapolis Colts
1998–1999 Philadelphia Eagles
2000 Kansas City Chiefs
2001 New York Jets
2002 New England Patriots
2003 Houston Texans
2004 Minnesota Vikings
Career stats

Steven Albert Martin (born May 31, 1974 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a former American football Nose Guard and Defensive Tackle that played for seven teams in a nine-year National Football League career. He played college football at the University of Missouri.

He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996. After playing 30 games he was released by the Colts in 1998 and finished out the season in Philadelphia. After the 1999 season he went to Kansas City and the New York Jets. He played for the New England Patriots in 2002 but his constant media interviews angered coach Bill Belichick while his advertised strengths at stopping the run went unrealized. Following a 24-7 loss to a Tennessee Titans squad that rushed for 238 yards, Martin was interviewed by New York papers before a game against his former Jets team and his comments about the reduction in his role incensed Belichick, who cut him days before the game.<reference>[1]<reference/>

Martin played for Houston in 2003 and Minnesota in 2004 before his career ended. He finished with 127 games, 200 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles.


  1. ^ Holley, Michael (2004), PATRIOT REIGN: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built A Champion (New York: Harper Collins, ISBN 0-06-075794-9), pp. 116-20

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