Rod Martin
No. 53     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-04-07)April 7, 1954
Place of birth: Welch, West Virginia
Career information
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 12 / Pick: 317
Debuted in 1977 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1988 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
INT     14
INT yards     225
Touchdowns     4
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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.

College careerEdit

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.

High school careerEdit

Martin went to Hamilton High School, the same high school NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon attended.

Professional careerEdit

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. His 3 interceptions were not only a Super Bowl record, but they also tied linebacker Chuck Howley's record for career Super Bowl interceptions (later defensive back Larry Brown tied this record as well).[1] Among these players, Martin is the only one to record all 3 of his interceptions in one game. In Super Bowl XVIII, Martin broke up a third down pass on his own 7-yard line in the second quarter, a sack of Joe Theismann, tackled Washington Redskins hall of fame running back John Riggins for no gain on a fourth down and one conversion attempt deep in Raiders territory on the last play of the third quarter, and recovered a fumble in the final period.[2]

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.


Martin has returned to work at USC, where he is a programmer and manager of technical and user support services in the Information Sciences Institute. Martin and his wife Regina have 2 daughters, Jessica who played volleyball at Bethune-Cookman University and Jade a softball player who attended Morgan State University.


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