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Martinez nominated for football's Good Works Team

July 30, 2009

Colorado State senior Adrian Martinez is an early candidate for the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

Senior anchors Rams offensive line, community efforts

Martinez, a 6-foot-4, 299-pound guard from San Clemente, Calif., has been a rock on CSU’s offensive front, having started 34 of 36 career games played. He owns the most career starts on a roster of offensive linemen that leads the nation in combined starts at the position, with 125.

Off the field, Martinez has promoted literacy by reading to children at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins, and participated in a kids Super Bowl party for children in Grades 1-6, assisting at a football skills station and facilitating contests, crafts, games and other fun activities for youth in the city of Fort Collins on Super Bowl Sunday. The community-outreach event helped generate awareness for involvement in youth sports, and raised funds for the city’s youth football program.

Staged a community benefit in hometown

He also has participated in organizing and staging a community garage sale in his hometown of San Clemente to raise money for a neighbor with a serious heart condition, and helped the university in a campus-wide outreach to several thousand incoming freshmen students at Ram Welcome. Finally, each spring he has assisted at Ram Jam, the athletic department’s largest community outreach event. The event, which annually hosts approximately 1,000 youth from the region inside the Rams’ basketball arena, features free activities and autographs.

Two Colorado State players have earned a spot on the Good Works team during its 18 years of existence, both defensive backs. Ray Jackson received the honor in 1995 and Myron Terry in 1996.

One of 52 players nominated

One of 52 players in the Football Bowl Subdivision nominated for the honor, Martinez if selected for the team will earn a trip to the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl this winter in New Orleans, where he and his fellow Good Works members will complete a community project during the week of the game. Allstate and the AFCA hope to announce the two 11-member teams, one for the FBS and one for the Football Championship Subdivision, in September.

Among Mountain West Conference schools, only BYU and Air Force also have players up for the honor.

Lou Holtz is program spokesperson

College Football Hall of Fame member and ESPN broadcast personality Lou Holtz will return as program spokesperson and serve as a member of this year's voting panel. The panel also includes Allstate vice president Guy Hill, current AFCA president and San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey, 1996 AFCA president Fisher DeBerry, the former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy, along with:
 
Former Good Works Team voting panel members:

  • Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997-98)
  • Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002)
  • Mewelde Moore (Tulane, 2003)
  • Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001)
  • Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994)

Media voting panel members:

  • Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN)
  • Dennis Dodd (CBSSports.com)
  • Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Kelly Whiteside (USA Today)
  • Ivan Maisel (ESPN.com)