Andrew Martin stepped up in his senior football season.
Martin led the Athenians in receiving with 32 catches for 399 yards and three touchdowns. And his success got him thinking about playing ball at the next level.
“I never really thought about playing college football until after my senior season was over,” Martin said. “I was not recruited very much at all and it started to take a toll on me. The biggest reason was I thought that I hadn’t really had a great opportunity to show off what I can do on the field. I love the game, and I’m not ready to walk away from it just yet. I have to prove to myself that I can play at the next level, and I’m ready for that experience.”
Martin made the most of his final opportunity to suit up for the Athenians on Friday nights and will suit up for Wabash on Saturday afternoons starting this fall.
“I think the biggest thing for me was the mentality change coming into my senior season,” he said. “You just get that feeling that after this season, football is over. I did everything I could as a player and as a leader to set an example for the younger players. That is as important as anything. Being able to help your teammates be better and always being an encouraging leader can help a team so much.”
Despite a shortened offseason, Martin spent last summer preparing for his final season and poured his heart into the game he loved.
“The work came with the love of the game,” he said. “Football has always been important to me and my family. The love for the game of football always drove me to become better. Me and my friends went to the gym together all the time in the summer. Having friends and teammates that are there with you every step of the way was a vital part in my offseason conditioning.”
Martin plans to study history with a business minor at Wabash, and is excited to learn what being a Little Giant is all about.
“Wabash has endless opportunities. The amount of support they receive from their alumni goes to show how Wabash changed their life for the better,” he said. “They are a winning program with established coaches and that was huge in my decision to play there. But most importantly, the education is different than any other college around. I want to have successful long-term goals for my life, and Wabash is the perfect place for that.”