Jonathan Martin’s back in the NFL. The offensive lineman who left his previous team, the Miami Dolphins, after being harassed by Richie Incognito — a veteran member of the squad — was recently traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 7th round pick. Martin sat down with for a Q&A with the San Jose Mercury News and answered their questions about the team change.
Joining with the 49ers brings Martin back to the Bay Area. He played college football at Stanford for three seasons under the loud, shouty eyes of Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, who takes everything, including his kakhis, very seriously. “I’ve always had a great relationship with Coach Harbaugh, ” said Martin. “He recruited me out of high school. He gave me an opportunity to start at tackle for a winning Stanford program for three years. His enthusiasm is infectious.”
Martin is also finishing up his senior year at Stanford, something he put on hold when he declared for the NFL draft in 2012. He’ll be receiving his undergraduate degree in the Classics. Classics? Not that an NFL player can’t be into literature, but it’s hardly typical for an athlete.
“So Andrew Phillips was a left guard I played next to for two years,” said Martin. “He was big into Classics and we’d be talking about it, I had a locker next to him. He asked me to take class on Greek gods and I liked it so I decided to make it my major.” Martin went on to say that he had just finished the Odyssey, and that he “liked Plato’s Symposium,” the text that originated the term and the idea of ‘platonic love.’
Refusing to take the bait on any Incognito-related questions, the offensive lineman echoed his new/old Coach’s recent comments to the media, “Hindsight is 20/20. My mindset is focused 100 percent on the future and move forward,” said Martin. “Like Coach Harbaugh’s analogy, shake that Etch-A-Sketch, move forward and get back to playing football.”
As for Incognito? Currently a free agent, he had a bit of a public meltdown, trashing his Ferrari and going on an extended ‘Twitter rampage.’ An Arizona resident, Incognito is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment.