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I decided today I was stealing a bit of OA colleague Andrew Nawn’s thunder to talk about an obscure athlete near and dear to my heart, a hilariously mediocre quarterback by the name of Tee Martin. Mobile, Alabama’s Tee Martin would commit to Tennessee, where he would ride the bench for two seasons waiting for some guy named Manning to graduate. Tee Martin did something Peyton Manning never could though, leading the Volunteers to a BCS Bowl victory—in so doing, becoming the answer to a trivia question or two.
Martin took the starting role in his junior year at Tennessee and in his first season, led the team to a 13-0 record, which included a Fiesta Bowl victory. Tee led the Vols to another BCS bowl his senior year before being picked in the fifth round of the draft by the Steelers. He played the 2000 season as a backup with the Steelers, and played the ‘01 season on the Eagles’ practice squad. In 2003, Martin played on the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe, leading the team to a 7-3 record and an appearance in the World Bowl–a game the Fire lost 26-20 to the Berlin Thunder.
Martin spent the 2003 season on the Raiders’ roster, before retiring from the NFL. In that season Martin went 6-for-16 in two games, for 69 yards and an interception. He fumbled the ball three times in those two games. His NFL career stat line reads: 3 games, zero starts, 6-16, 69 yards, 1 int. He also has six career rushes for 36 yards.
In 2005, Tee Martin spent the season in the CFL, playing for the Winnepeg Blue Bombers, going 40-for-92 for 458 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
Tee Martin is just one in a long line of mediocre NFL quarterbacks who were servicible for successful college teams. Quite a demographic of obscure athletes, and today our honor goes to one of the most stunningly mediocre, obscure former NFL quarterbacks, Mr. Tee Martin.