|Date of birth:February 27, 1990|
|Place of birth: Fayetteville, Georgia|
|College: Appalachian State|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Detroit Lions ( 2013–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2018|
Sam Joseph Martin (born February 27, 1990) is an American football punter for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Appalachian State Mountaineers, and was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Martin was lettered for soccer for four-years and also was received all-state recognition in his junior season at Starr's Mill High School.
In his senior season, he was selected to the Associated Press All-America First team. He also was named to the first-team all-America by College Sports Journal and third-team all-America by The Sports Network in his Senior season.
In Week 12 of the 2015 season, Martin was awarded as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for 4 punts totaling 181 yards and only 3 punt return yards.
Martin signed a four-year contract extension with the Lions on September 9, 2016.
On September 2, 2017, Martin was placed on the non-football injury list after suffering an ankle injury during the offseason. He was activated to the active roster on October 28, 2017 for the team's Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- "Appalachian State Mountaineers Profile". appstatesports.com. http://www.appstatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21500&ATCLID=1546233.
- "Lions' Martin wins NFC award; Tulloch honored, too". http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/12/02/sam-martin-detroit-lions/76660422/. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
- Shook, Nick (September 9, 2016). "Theo Riddick, Sam Martin agree to Lions extensions". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000697551/article/theo-riddick-sam-martin-agree-to-lions-extensions. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
- "Lions place P Sam Martin on active/non-football injury list". July 25, 2017. http://www.detroitlions.com/news/news-short/article-1/Lions-place-P-Sam-Martin-on-activenon-football-injury-list/ad2205dd-5fdb-4709-8cbe-c63d5dc8f27b. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170903005052/https://www.detroitlions.com/news/news-short/article-1/Lions-establish-53-man-roster/afd5f964-b8d1-4f20-8b0b-055acb8905ac.
- "Detroit Lions activate P Sam Martin for Pittsburgh Steelers game". October 28, 2017. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/10/28/detroit-lions-sam-martin/809901001/.
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