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Emanuel C. Martin (born July 31, 1969) is a former American football player and a current high school football coach. He played five years in the National Football League as a cornerback and safety for the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. He is the current head football coach at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Manny Martin
Position:Cornerback, safety
Personal information
Born: (1969-07-31) July 31, 1969 (age 50)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College:Alabama State
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:54
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

A native of Miami, Florida, Martin attended Miami Central High School, where he played defensive back for the football team in the late 1980s. He subsequently attended Alabama State University.[1]

Professional football careerEdit

After graduating from Alabama State, Martin played in three games for the Houston Oilers during the 1993 NFL season.[1] In 1995, he played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League.[2]

In 1996, Martin tried out with the Buffalo Bills, where he was considered "the longest of long shots."[3] Despite the odds, Martin made the team and became a major contributor in the Bills' secondary over the next four years.[3] In one of his first games for Buffalo, he made a name for himself when he made two interceptions (and nearly grabbed a third) off Troy Aikman on back-to-back possessions during the third quarter of a win over the Dallas Cowboys.[2][4] During a pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks in August 1999, he returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown.[5] Martin's NFL career ended in October 1999, when, at age 30, he suffered torn ligaments in his knee.[6] During his NFL career, Martin played in 54 games (six as a starter), intercepted five passes, and had 64 tackles.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from the NFL, Martin became a high school math teacher and football coach in south Florida.[7] He was the defensive coordinator at Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Florida, when Denard Robinson played there. Interviewed in September 2010, Martin recalled Denard Robinson as a freshman trying to persuade him to give him a position on the varsity football team as a defensive back. Martin recalled, "To see where he was at then, and to see where he is now, it's a blessing. This is the reward we get as high school coaches. You spend time with a kid, and then you watch what happens."[7]

Martin can also be credited with getting New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul involved in football.[8]

In 2007, Martin became the head football coach at his alma mater, Central High School.[9] He led the team back to the playoffs in 2007, but he was fired after one season. Martin told The Miami Herald at the time, "I was told Friday afternoon by the principal, and he said they wanted to move in a different direction."[10]

Since 2009, Martin has been the head football coach at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.[7][11] At Dillard, Martin is currently the coach of All-American safety Wayne Lyons, one of the top-rated high school players in the Class of 2011.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c "Emanuel Martin profile".
  2. ^ a b Mark Gaughan (September 23, 1996). "MARTIN'S TWO PICKOFFS THWART DALLAS OFFENSE". The Miami Herald.
  3. ^ a b Allen Wilson (August 7, 1997). "MARTIN MAKING HIS MARK WITH BILLS: ONCE A LONG SHOT, HE NOW PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN SECONDARY". The Buffalo News.
  4. ^ Vic Carucci (September 25, 1996). "BILLS'MARTIN GRABS NATIONAL ATTENTION ALONG WITH INTERCEPTIONS". The Buffalo News.("When a reporter asked Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Wade Phillips about Emanuel Martin Tuesday, he said, 'Emanuel who?' Then Phillips smiled, having summed up the general public's reaction to Martin's eye-opening performance in Sunday's 10-7 victory over Dallas.")
  5. ^ Mark Gaughan (August 16, 1999). "LINTON FUMBLES AWAY A CHANCE TO IMPRESS COACHES". The Buffalo News.
  6. ^ "NFL Log". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 26, 1999.("Manny Martin, Bills S, has a torn knee ligament and is out for the season.")
  7. ^ a b c JoAnn Barnas (September 17, 2010). "Michigan's Denard Robinson has been QB to watch since Florida prep days". Detroit Free Press.
  8. ^ Schwartz, Paul. "Credit H.S. coach for unleashing Giants' Pierre-Paul". Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  9. ^ Andre C. Fernandez (August 10, 2007). "Martin Gives Central Boost". Miami Herald.
  10. ^ "Roundup: Central fires football coach". The Miami Herald. December 2, 2007.
  11. ^ Fabian Lyon (August 26, 2009). "Dillard back has a feel for the game". The Miami Herald.
  12. ^ Fabian Lyon (September 5, 2010). "Dillard travels to Illinois, aims to win one for Bruce". The Miami Herald.
  13. ^ "Wayne Lyons".