Martin Akins
College Texas
Conference Southwest Conference
Sport Football
Position QB, kicker, punter, KR, Punt returner
Jersey # 10
Class 1976
Nickname Marty
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Born (1954-01-06) January 6, 1954 (age 66)
San Saba County, Texas
High school Gregory-Portland High School
Career highlights
* 1975 Southwest Conference Player of the Year
  • 1975 Kern Tips Memorial Trophy Winner
  • Texas Longhorn Football MVP
* 1975 All-American
  • 1975 All-Southwest Conference
  • 1975 Dallas Morning News Offensive MVP -- SWCr
  • 1987 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame
  • 1995 University of Texas Hall of Honor
  • 1970-1979 Big Brother/Big Sister Athlete of the Decade Award Winner
  • 2016 Jersey retired by Gregory-Portland High School
* 1972 Southwest Conference Championship
  • 1973 Southwest Conference Championship
  • 1975 Southwest Co-Conference Championship
Bowl games
* 1973 Cotton Bowl

Martin Ray Akins (born January 6, 1954) is a former college All-American football player and politician. He started as quarterback for the Texas Longhorns in the early 1970s and was the only Longhorn quarterback to start three seasons directing the wishbone offense, and the only wishbone quarterback to ever be an All-American. He was later the Democratic nominee for Texas State Comptroller in 2002.

Early lifeEdit

Marty Akins was born in San Saba, Texas. At Gregory-Portland, Akins was coached by his father, Ray Akins, a Texas High School Football Hall of Famer with 302 wins in 37 seasons. Marty Akins, captain of his high school team, was selected as the Texas High School 3A Football Player of the Year in 1971 while he led the Wildcats to the 1971 State Championship game. He had a 60–4–1 record as a junior high and high school quarterback.[1][2] Akins was an All-State Quarterback and Prep All-American Quarterback and was selected Super All-State Punter and Kicker. Marty Akins was also selected as Quarterback on the UIL All-Century Football Team 1910-2010. In 2017, his number #10 was retired by Gregory-Portland High School.[3]

Akins was heavily recruited by many national programs and had always dreamed of playing for Notre Dame. When Notre Dame offered Akins a scholarship, he first decided to take it, but later chose to stay close to home when he was heavily recruited by Longhorn coach Darrell Royal and by former President Lyndon Johnson.[1][2]

Akins was also a star in track and field, winning the 1972 Texas State High School Championship in the shot put. He also won the 1971 national championship in track and field. [4]

College careerEdit

At Texas, Akins spent his freshman year backing up Alan Lowry. He saw limited play in four games as quarterback, but at the end of the season, emerged as a kickoff returner in the final regular season game and in the 1973 Cotton Bowl, which Texas won. They finished the season ranked #3.

Lowry graduated and by the spring of 1973, Akins had taken over as the starting quarterback.[1] In 1973, Akins started every game, despite suffering a broken big toe in the third game of the season. Texas defied predictions and won its sixth consecutive SWC Championship, but lost to Nebraska in the 1974 Cotton Bowl. He was twice voted Chevrolet Television Player of the game and was chosen the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year. Akins played in the Cotton Bowl despite having the flu and a temperature over 102 degrees.

Texas started the 1974 season with a win over Boston College, but Akins didn't make it through the game as he suffered a concussion early in the 2nd quarter resulting in him being hospitalized for observation and replaced by Mike Presley. He then sat out most of the next game against Wyoming too, entering the game only once for a 9-yard carry.[5]

Akins returned as the starter and he and Presley shared quarterbacking duties for most of the season. Against Rice, Akins set the record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback. Texas came close to winning the SWC for a 7th straight time, but disappointing upsets to unranked Texas Tech and Baylor, as well as #2 (and eventual National Champion) Oklahoma, broke Texas' streak. They finished on a high note, beating TCU 81-16 and upsetting #7 Texas A&M and then went to the Gator Bowl where they lost to #5 Auburn. In the 1974 season Marty Akins was named the Chevrolet Player of the Game in two televised games.

Akins was again the starter in 1975 and now the captain of a team that included future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Earl Campbell.[6] He led the Longhorns to a 10–2 record, again losing to #2, and eventual National Champion, Oklahoma while beating #20 Arkansas. He was replaced in the TCU game by Ted Constanzo when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Texas was up 14–3 when he left the game and eventually won 27-11.[1][7] Two weeks later, after much doubt that he would even play, Akins, with his knee heavily braced, started against #2, undefeated Texas A&M with the Conference title on the line. But he was injured again on Texas' first offensive play and was again replaced by Constanzo. He entered the game later in the 1st, but was pulled for good early in the 2nd quarter after taking only 9 more snaps.[1][8] Texas A&M won, splitting the Conference Championship with Texas and Arkansas and sending Texas to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Akins was back in the lineup for the bowl game and led the team to a 38–21 come-from-behind win over Colorado and a final ranking of #9. That season he was twice the Chevrolet Player of the Game in televised games, named to the All-Conference team and became the second quarterback in Texas history to be named an All-American when the FWAA chose him over AP All-American John Sciara.[9]

Akins finished his football career at the University of Texas with a record of 27-9, the most wins since Bobby Layne won 28.


  • UT - Most rushing yards by a quarterback, game (188), surpassed by Vince Young in 2005
  • UT - Most rushing yards by a quarterback, career (2,020), surpassed by Young in 2005
  • UT - Quarterback starts, career (35), surpassed by Peter Gardere in 1992[10]
  • UT - Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, career (26), surpassed by Young in 2005

Later life and political careerEdit

Akins was selected in the 11th round of the 1976 NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent his rookie season on the scout team playing defensive back and was then traded to the New Orleans Saints in 1977. He never played for the Saints, and decided to give up pro ball. He studied law at the University of Houston College of Law, graduated with high honors and became a very successful trial lawyer dealing with environmental, consumer protection, and personal injury cases.[1][2]

In 1987, Akins joined his father in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, where they became the only father/son inductees.[2]

Akins practiced law throughout Texas for many years and retired in 2000 to pursue a career in politics. In 2001, he sought the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas, but then dropped out to compete for state comptroller instead.[11] Akins won the party's 2002 nomination for the State Comptroller's office, but then lost in the general election to incumbent Carole Keeton Rylander.[12]

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In 2006 Akins was hired as the Men's and Women's Golf Head Coach for Huston-Tillotson University and remained in that position for two years.[13] In 2009, he was appointed to the Texas State Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers by Governor Rick Perry.[14]

Akins was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 1995 and was selected by the University of Texas as one of the University's 125 Extraordinary Texas Exes.


Akins and his wife Pam have three children. Their youngest daughter Angela Akins played golf for the TCU Horned Frogs[15] before transferring to the Texas Longhorns for her junior and senior years. She was named to the All-Big XII Academic Team.[16][17] In July 2017, Angela married professional golfer Sergio García. She became a golf channel reporter in 2017.[18]

Akins's nephew is former Purdue starting quarterback Drew Brees, who won Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Flores, David (June 17, 2009). "Former UT quarterback Akins took the 'wish' out of wishbone offense with his precise execution". Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 ""All American" Leadership". The Burnet Bulletin (Burnet, TX). October 2, 2002. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  3. Hayward, Len (20 Oct 2017). "Landgraf's TD catches push Gregory-Portland past Alice in overtime". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. "Boys Track & Field State Champions - Shot Put". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  5. "Presley Gets Reward, He's New Texas QB". Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AK). September 18, 1974. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  6. "Top 20". Sports Illustrated. September 9, 1975. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  7. "Ted Constanzo Due Surgery". Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, TX). July 23, 1977. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  8. "Ags hold Texas to 179 Total Yards.". The Eagle (Bryan, TX). November 29, 1975. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  9. Tales of the Texas Longhorns
  10. Individual Passing Records
  11.[dead link]
  15. "Women's Golf — Angela Akins".
  16. "ANGELA AKINS - 2006-07 WOMEN'S GOLF".
  17. "Akins joins Women's Golf for 2006-07 season". July 20, 2006.
  18. Nazario, Kyle. "Who is Angela Akins, Sergio Garcia’s wife?". Retrieved 25 November 2017.

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