Doug Martin Biography, Injury, Why Was He Suspended? Here are All The Facts

From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Oakland Raiders, Doug Martin has to a large extent justified why he was picked in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Although it was only in March 2018 that this running back joined the Raiders, it is anticipated that his wealth of experience would go a long way in bettering the lots of the Men in the Black team.

Doug as a rookie started in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and ultimately contributed in no little way to the team’s attainment of a 7 – 9 record. Accumulating 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, he better various franchise records and placed his name on NFL’s history as the first player to pull off 3 rushes of 45-plus yards in a game. Similarly, it is documented that he is the second running back in the league’s history to accomplish 4 touchdowns and 250-plus yards in a single game.

Considering Martin’s four years college stint with the Broncos of Boise State, his remarkable performance during his NFL rookie campaign was hardly a surprise for many people. He finished his college career with massive stats of 43 touchdowns and 3,431 rushing yards.

Doug majored in business at Boise State University and among other things, ranks as the third player with the highest rushing touchdowns (43) in the school’s team history. He was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in his senior year, was nicknamed “The Muscle Hamster” by his teammates, and made the All-Mountain West first-team in 2010 and 2011.

Of course, the foregoing isn’t all there is to know about this American footballer, from his biography to other things you ought to know about his career, the following are the facts of Doug Martin’s life.

Doug Martin Biography

It was in Oakland, California, and on the 13th of January, 1989 that Doug Martin was birthed. As details of his early and family life have been overshadowed by the celebrity status he earned from being an NFL star, we can barely tell anything about his parents, Doug (father) and Leslie Baranco Martin (mother). He has a sister named Gabrielle and it has been widely assumed that they were both raised outside of Oakland, in Stockton.

Doug was introduced to American Football as a freshman in St. Mary’s High School located in Stockton, California. He was totally a newbie and had to learn everything about the game. Nonetheless, he soon showed that he would thrive in the sport if he chose to make it his life profession.

His junior year saw him gather 18 touchdowns while he rushed 228 times for 1,950 yards. This earned him several recognitions just as his senior year record of 14 touchdowns with 1,234 rushing yards brought him the Most Valuable Player’s award.

Injury, Why Was His Suspended?

Like most athletes, Martin has had his career stalled by injuries. For instance, in the 2013 season and sometime in October, he injured his shoulder in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He left a game after he suffered a hamstring injury in 2016, and another in 2017 – they were all minor as he bounced back quickly.

But then, people were worried when it was reported in May 2017 that the star was involved in a car accident. Thankfully, it later emerged that the car crash only left him with minor injuries.

Sometime around 28th December 2016, it circulated that Doug Martin received a four-game suspension for going against the NFL drug policy. The Buccaneers later confirmed the suspension in a statement. It was said that the running backtested positive for Adderall.

Although Doug initially wanted to appeal the suspension, he announced that he would join a treatment facility and asked for the support that would help him battle the personal issue. According to him, he had learned he can’t win the personal battles alone and shouldn’t be ashamed of asking for help.

Sadly this affected the five-year, $35.75 million contract extension he inked with the team earlier that year in March. He was eventually released by the team in February 2018 but that marked the beginning of his one-year contract with the Raiders.

Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

Doug Martin isn’t one of the tallest NFL stars you’d come across. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.75 m) and weighs 223 lb (101 kg). Other details of his body measurements are yet to be confirmed.