Carlos Martínez (American football)
|Date of birth:||June 4, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Council Bluffs, Iowa|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school:||Papillion (NE)-La Vista Senior|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Carlos Martinez (born June 4, 1980) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He has also played in the af2 for the Fresno Frenzy, in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and from 2004–2006, and for the Dallas Desperados in the AFL.
High school career
Martinez attended Papillion La Vista Senior High School and was a letterman and a star in football and wrestling. In football, he was a three-time All-State honoree and set the Nebraska prep record for career field goals with 28 field goals. In wrestling, he won the state championship as a senior.
Martinez played college football at Buena Vista University, and was a four-year letterman in football as a kicker. He was a three-time All-America selection, a three-time All-IIAC honoree. As a senior, he was also named the NCAA Division III Kicker of the Year and as a junior, he was named the team Special Teams Player of the Year. He is the all-time field goal leader at Buena Vista with 48 and second all-time in Division III. Martinez also excelled as a punter in college, with an average exceeding 40 yards. Martinez capped off his senior season at BVU in 2002 with a selection to play for the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-Star Team which represented the United States against Mexico National Team in the 2001 Aztec Bowl. Martinez was named the USA MVP by the media in attendance as he averaged 55.2 per punt (8-441 yds.) to consistently pin Mexico deep in its own end in the contest.
Martinez returned to BVU in the fall of 2006 as an assistant football coach before being signed by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys released Martinez in May 2007.
In 2010, Martinez returned for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League. He missed the kick to advance the Orlando Predators to ArenaBowl XXIII, however, he had a league-high 13 field goals, and made 104 PATs.
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