Who is Blake Martinez?
- Blake Martinez played college football at Stanford University
- He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft
- Martinez tore his ACL and was put on 2021 season-ending injured reserve
Blake Martinez is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Born on January 9, 1994, he played college football at Stanford University and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
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Martinez was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft (131st overall). Kyle Murphy, a teammate at Stanford, was also chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (200th overall). Martinez and the Green Bay Packers agreed to a four-year, $2.72 million contract on May 6, 2016, which also included a $383,393 signing bonus. He faced up against Sam Barrington, Carl Bradford, and Joe Thomas throughout training camp in the battle for an inside linebacker position. Due to the camaraderie and relationship that Martinez and Jake Ryan had built up during off-season activities and open workouts, the two were given the nickname "Jake and Blake." The name is a parody on the catchphrase "Shake and Bake," which gained popularity thanks to the movie 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby'.
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In 13 games and nine starts, he concluded his rookie season in 2016 with 69 combined tackles (47 solo), four pass deflections, a sack, and an interception.
In 2018, he came in second place among all players in terms of tackles, trailing only Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts. Martinez made seven tackles and a sack in the first-week victory over the Chicago Bears, which ended 10-3.
Martinez and the New York Giants agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract on March 26, 2020. Martinez made his Monday Night Football debut with the Giants in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Martinez tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2021 season and was put on season-ending injured reserve.