While 49ers fans celebrate making the Super Bowl, and Falcons fans feel that familiar feeling of going home disappointed, there is an entirely different reason to celebrate in Tampa Bay. Doug Martin, the Buccaneers rookie phenom at running back, will be headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Martin was selected as first alternate at running back, and since Frank Gore is going to the Super Bowl, he will be removed from the Pro Bowl roster, and Martin will assume his place. This is obviously the first selection for Martin, and is unlikely to be his last.
Martin was selected with the 31st pick of the 2012 NFL draft, and came to Tampa with expectations of sharing the workload with LeGarrette Blount. Martin would quickly prove he was worthy of being the featured runner, tallying over 100 total yards in his first NFL game. He would get into the end zone for the first time against the Giants in week two, yet had no catches in that game. He would then catch at least two passes in every game for the rest of the year, and would continue to add up the yards on the ground and through the air. Martin’s breakout came in the middle of the season, and began with the Buccaneers victory over the Vikings on Thursday Night Football. Martin would rush for 135 yards and a score, and would add 3 catches for 79 yards and another score.
He wasn’t done making a name for himself, though. The next week, the Buccaneers would travel to Oakland, and Martin made history. Doug totaled 251 yards rushing, a Buccaneers franchise record and among the highest single game totals in NFL history. He had multiple long runs for scores, and set numerous team and NFL records in the process. As Chris Lang alluded to in our earlier interview, he was not someone you wanted to face in fantasy football that week.
Martin would finish with 1454 yards rushing on the season with 11 rushing touchdowns He added 472 receiving yards and one score through the air. He also fumbled only once all season, proving to be a reliable workhorse for the Buccaneers. Congratulations to Doug Martin, NFC Pro Bowler, and Tampa Bay Buccaneer!
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