“I’m truly honored and blessed that people think that of me. At the same time, it’s not an individual honor – it took 11 guys to get me here and to be as successful as I am today. It’s a team accomplishment and I’m truly grateful,” said Martin. “The O-line really doesn’t get the credit that they deserve. I get the handoff and fans only see me running by people and scoring touchdowns, but all the hard work is in the trenches and the O-line did an awesome job this past year. I have good chemistry with them and those guys don’t get a lot of credit, but this is an O-line/running back accomplishment. Those guys are fighters and that’s something that I’m very appreciative of and thankful for.”
Martin’s selection marks the first time that a Tampa Bay offensive player has been selected to the AP All-Pro team since 1999, when fullback Mike Alstott was named first-team All-Pro.
This is Martin’s first career All-Pro selection. Martin started all 16 games for Tampa Bay this past season, recording 288 carries for 1,402 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with 33 catches for 271 yards and one touchdown. Martin’s 1,402 rushing yards were the second-most in the NFL and the third most in a single season in franchise history. His 1,673 yards from scrimmage were the fourth-most in the league and are the third-most in a single season in team history. Martin averaged 4.87 yards per carry, the highest mark in the NFL by any running back with at least 250 carries since 2013 (LeSean McCoy, 5.12 on 314 carries) and is the most in team history among running backs with at least 250 carries in a season.
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