Carlos Martínez (American football)

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Carlos Martinez
Free agent
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-04) June 4, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Papillion (NE)-La Vista Senior
College: Buena Vista
Undrafted: 2001
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
FG Made: 76
FG Att: 148
PAT Made: 949
PAT Att: 1,055
Tackles: 96.5
Player stats at

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.

College career

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.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

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.

Orlando Predators

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.

Florida Tuskers

His performance earned him another signing for an outdoor American football league, with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

Philadelphia Soul

As a member of the Philadelphia Soul in 2013, Martinez was named Second Team All-Arena.[1] Martinez was assigned to the Soul for the 2014 season on October 29, 2013.


  1. Vaughn Johnson (August 8, 2013). "Derrick Ross, Tiger Jones among five more Soul players named to 2013 All-Arena team". Interstate General Media, LLC. Retrieved August 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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