Martin in 2014
|No. 96 – New York Giants|
|Born:||February 19, 1992|
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||263 lb (119 kg)|
|High school:||Roanoke Rapids|
(Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84|
|Roster status:||Injured reserve/designated for return|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Kareem Martin (born February 19, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.
A native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, he attended Roanoke Rapids High School, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, Martin was twice named the area defensive player of the year and was named the NCHSAA Athlete of the Year. As a senior, he helped lead Roanoke Rapids to an undefeated season and a conference title. He finished his senior season with 163 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four sacks and one interception, and also had 25 tackles for a loss. He had 121 tackles and five sacks as a junior.
In track & field, Martin was one of the state's top performers in the jumping and hurdling events. He qualified for the state finals in the high jump by leaping 6 ft 6 in (1.99 m) at the 2010 NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regional. In addition, he also took 5th in the 110-meter hurdles event in that same meet, recording a personal-best time of 15.84 second. At the NCHSAA 2A State Track Championship, he tied for 2nd place in the high jump, with a leap of 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).
Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the 28th best weakside defensive end in the nation. Martin accepted a scholarship offer from North Carolina over offers from Duke and Virginia Tech and majored in Public Policy.
As a true freshman in 2010, Martin played in 11 games, starting the first three games against LSU, Georgia Tech and Rutgers. He capped off his season with 16 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, one pass breakup and two quarterback pressures. In 2011, he started all 13 games at defensive end. He finished the regular season with 40 tackles, seven tackles for losses, four sacks, one fumble recovery, six pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. In 2011, he started all 12 games and earned second-team All-ACC honors. He totaled 40 tackles, including 15.5 for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. He also forced one fumble and recovered another. As a senior, he earned first-team All-ACC honors after finishing his season best for third on the team with 82 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 7⁄8 in
|4.72 s||1.63 s||4.33 s||7.20 s||35 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 9 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
New York Giants
On September 11, 2019, Martin was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in week one against the Dallas Cowboys. He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 27, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.
- Martin Named NCHSAA Athlete of the Year
- Kareem Martin - Yahoo Sports
- Roanoke Rapids DE Commits To Tar Heels
- Tar Heels' Martin Earns First-Team All-ACC
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- Eisen, Michael (March 15, 2018). "New York Giants sign linebacker Kareem Martin". Giants.com.
- Eisen, Michael (September 1, 2019). "TJ Jones signs with Giants, Kareem Martin to IR". Giants.com.
- Benton, Dan (November 27, 2019). "Giants designate Kareem Martin to return from IR". USAToday.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.