George Martin played his entire NFL career for the New York Giants, missing only six games in 14 years (1975-1988). He was a part of the 1986 Giants team that won a franchise record 14 games, and was a team captain for Super Bowl XXI, recording a sack of Denver QB John Elway in the end zone for a safety on the way to the championship.
Martin once held the NFL record for career touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman with 6. In addition, he amassed over 90 sacks in his Giants career, during which time he was generally regarded as one of the league’s most feared pass rushers. Martin won the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1986, honoring his “work in the community as the NFL player who best served his team, community and country.” He went on to serve as President of the NFL Players Association in 1988-89. In 2004, Martin was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey, and to the Giants’ Ring of Honor in 2010.
On September 16, 2007, Martin began walking from New York City’s George Washington Bridge to San Diego in order to raise money for medical care for the first responders to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. He arrived in San Diego, California on June 21, 2008, having walked a total of 3,020 miles and raising about $2 million for this cause.