In today’s edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor the lone full-time punter in our countdown.
71. Sam Martin
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, Sam Martin took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and has already become one of the biggest special teams stars in the entire league.
As a rookie, Martin finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL in gross punting average (47.2), 10th in net punting average (40.4) and tied for 10th with 32 punts of 50+ yards. His 40.40 net punting average broke the franchise record (official statistic since 1967) for net punting average.
This season, Martin ranks in the top 5 in average, net average and punts inside the 20-yard line. On kickoffs, he remains one of the best at booting touchbacks, hovering around 80 percent.
From Yale Lary, to Tom Skladany, Jim Arnold and Nick Harris, the Lions have had tremendous punters. In just his second year, Martin has staked his claim as the best in the Lions’ 84-year history.