Healthy Doug Martin Enjoying Great 4th NFL Season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin is enjoying another banner year for Tampa Bay.

TAMPA BAY, Florida--Former Boise State star Doug Martin is healthy, and that means big yardage for Martin.

Martin ran for 235 yards, most in the NFL this season, in a 45-17 win over Philadelphia Sunday.  Martin (with 941 yards) is now second in rushing only to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, who has 1,006 yards thus far this year.  Chris Johnson of Arizona is third with 797 yards, followed by Todd Gurley of St. Louis (775) and Jonathan Stewart of Carolina (764).

Martin now owns the #10 and #23 rushing performances of all-time and is one of only three players in NFL history to rush for 235 or more yards twice.  Highlights of Martin's monster game can be seen here.

With 3,345 career rushing yards, Martin is 158 shy of being #250 in rushing in the history of the NFL.  Of the players less than 1,000 yards ahead of him (#169-250), Martin has less time than all of them, and in most cases, far less time.  Included in that list directly ahead of Martin:  Green Bay Packer great Paul Hornung, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris of the Miami Dolphins, Rocky Bleier of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ron Dayne, LeGarrette Blount and quarterbacks Steve Young of the San Francisco 49'ers and Fran Tarkenton of the Minnesota Vikings.

Martin starred at Boise State from 2009-2011, gaining 3,431 yards and rushing for 43 touchdowns in his Bronco career.  Martin scored the only offensive touchdown for Boise State in their 17-10 win over TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, and was named MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl after scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return and rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' win over Arizona State.

Doug was drafted in the opening round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 31st player selected.

Martin, 26, is in the final season of a four-year, $6.788 million contract with Tampa Bay.  He went to the Pro Bowl after his rookie season after gaining 1,454 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns, but injuries held him to 456 yards in six games in 2013 and 494 yards in 11 games last year.

In May, the Buccaneers did not pick up the fifth-year option on Martin's contract, but they have now decided they want to keep him around.

A 235-yard rushing performance will do that.


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