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Jamar Martin
No. 34, 32, 41     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-04-12) April 12, 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth: Canton, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2002 2003)
Career highlights and awards
Games played     25
Stats at

Jamar Martin (born April 12, 1980) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. He played college football at Ohio State University.

Early years

Martin attended McKinley High School, where he was a two-way player. As a senior, he started at fullback and outside linebacker, tallying 59 carries for 368 yards (6.2-yard avg), 5 touchdowns, 59 tackles and 5 sacks. He also helped his team achieve a 14-0 record and the Ohio Big School State Championship.

College career

Martin accepted a football scholarship from Ohio State University, where he became a dominant blocker at fullback.[1] He started 6 games as a sophomore, blocking for Michael Wiley. Against the University of Michigan, he had a career-high 35 rushing yards, that included a 21-yard run and a one-yard touchdown.

As a junior, he was the regular starter at fullback, blocking for Derek Combs and helping the team post a total of 2,199 rushing yards. As a senior he was a team co-captain, blocking for Jonathan Wells, while registering 22 carries for 86 yards, 13 receptions for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns.

He finished his career with 61 carries for 226 yards (4.0 avg) and 4 rushing touchdowns in 47 games (29 starts). He also had 22 receptions for 211 yards (9.6 avg) and 2 receiving touchdowns.[2]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Martin was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft,[3] to compete at fullback against the incumbent Robert Thomas. As a rookie, he suffered a right ACL tear during the first contact drill in training camp on July 29 and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 27.[4][5]

In 2001, he played in 14 games mainly on the special teams units and as a backup to Richie Anderson. He had his first career start in the thirteenth game against the Philadelphia Eagles, helping the team rush for a total of 150 yards. The next game against the Washington Redskins, he returned to a reserve role, but still contributed to Troy Hambrick rushing for 189 yards, which at the time was the third best single-game performance in franchise history.

It has been speculated that he was never the same player following his injury and was eventually waived on September 5, 2004, when the team opted to keep Darian Barnes in his place.[6]

Miami Dolphins

On September 6, 2004, the Miami Dolphins claimed him off waivers.[7] He was released on September 3, 2005.

New Orleans Saints

After being out of football for a season, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints on July 27, 2006. He was cut on August 10.

New York Jets

On August 13, 2006, the New York Jets claimed him off the waiver wire.[8] He was released on September 20.

New York Dragons (AFL)

He signed with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League to play the 2008 season, before being traded to New York Dragons.[9] He would eventually refuse to report to the Dragons.

Personal life

After retiring, he was named the running back coach at Westland High School.