Kareem Martin
Martin in 2014
No. 96     
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2014 2017)
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
Sacks     6.0
Forced fumbles     5
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     1

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 schoolEdit

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, 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 careerEdit

File:Kareem Martin 2013.jpg

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 careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 ⅞ in 272 lb35 in10 in 4.72 s 1.63 s 4.33 s 7.20 s 35 1/2 in 10 ft 9 in 22 reps

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Martin was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[7]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 15, 2018, Martin signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the New York Giants with $7.5 million guaranteed.[8]


External linksEdit

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