Rod Martin Football
February 5, 2012 by staff
Rod Martin Football, Rod Martin (born April 7, 1954 in Welch, West Virginia) is a retired National Football League linebacker who played for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders from 1977 to 1988. Before his NFL career, Martin played college football at the University of Southern California where he was a 1976 All-Pac 10 graduate. Prior to USC, Martin played at Los Angeles City College.
Martin was one of the top linebackers in the NFL during his 12 seasons, assisting the Raiders to 2 Super Bowl victories (1980, 1983) and having an outstanding performance in each one. In Super Bowl XV, Martin recorded a Super Bowl record 3 interceptions from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, and returned them for 44 yards.
In his 12 NFL seasons, Martin recorded 14 interceptions, which he returned for 225 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with 10 fumble recoveries, which he returned for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also recorded 33 and a half official sacks (sacks were not an official statistic until 1982, Martin’s 5th season).
Martin made the Pro Bowl twice during his career, in 1983 and 1984.
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