How smart is Jonathan Martin (6’5” 312 pounds) ?
Smart enough to decline Harvard for a Stanford scholarship?
Smart enough to know he is not good enough for the NFL?
Smart enough to figure a great way to exit with a book deal,
movie deal and fat settlement?
Rich enough family and connected to make it all happen?
Martin's father, Gus Martin, is a Harvard University graduate and a professor of criminal justice administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
His mother, Jane Howard-Martin, is also a Harvard graduate and is a corporate lawyer for Toyota.[
Martin has a total of nine relatives who graduated from Harvard including his grandfather, a professor in international development, and his maternal great grandfather, one of a dozen African-American students there in the 1920s.
Martin attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. He was an all-section and All-Mission League selection as a senior in 2007 and earned All-Mission League honors as a junior in 2006.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Martin was ranked as the No. 44 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2008, which was highlighted by Mike Adams and Matt Kalil.
Martin held offers from Mississippi, UCLA, and Utah, but narrowed his decision down to Stanford, which offered him an athletic scholarship, or Harvard, which does not offer athletic scholarships. He committed to the Cardinal on January 11, 2008
At Stanford University, Martin studied classics (ancient history track).
As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Martin started 11 of 13 games at left tackle. He was one of two freshman starters on the offensive line, along with left guard David DeCastro.
Despite its inexperience, the Cardinal offensive line allowed a Pac-10-low seven sacks on the year, enabling Stanford's freshman quarterback Andrew Luck to lead the conference in passing efficiency at 143.47.
On the ground, Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart rushed for a school-record 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2009. Martin was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and a second team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com.
In his sophomore year, Martin started all games at left tackle and was named a first team All-American by Scout.com. Fellow linemen DeCastro and center Chase Beeler also received All-America recognition, as the Cardinal offensive line allowed just six sacks on the season, the second fewest in the FBS behind only Air Force. Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency for the second year in a row.
As a junior, Martin again started all games and earned All-America honors by Scout.com and the Walter Camp Foundation. He quit before graduation and was drafted in the second round by the Miami Bottlenoses.
During his rookie season, Martin started at right tackle from the beginning of training camp and struggled early in preseason with giving up sacks and penalties.
On October 2, Martin was fined $10,000 for illegal clipping. In December 2012,
Martin was moved over to left tackle to take over for Pro Bowler Jake Long, who had been placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps. Martin had started the first 12 games of the season at right tackle, ranking 63rd out of the 69 NFL tackles who had played at least 300 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading system.
For the 2013 season, Martin was slotted at left tackle in order to replace Long, who had left in free agency, and was noted to struggle throughout the early part of the season in pass protection. On October 21, 2013, the Dolphins signed Bryant McKinnie to take over at left tackle, moving Martin back over to right tackle.
Richie Incognito was assigned to toughen Martin up, to make him a really offensive tackle who could protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill from less smart large men who could find no other jobs.
Martin recognized the opportunity, siezed the moment, as he had in college, and headed for the cash heap, knowing he can never play Pro football again where mean is a compliment.