On Thursday, the NFL selected Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back
On Friday, Martin was also named the league's Ground Player of the Week for Week Eight thanks to that prime-time outing in Minnesota, and this time it was NFL fans who made the decision.
Based on fan balloting on NFL.com from Tuesday through Friday, Martin took his first Ground Player honors over fellow nominees Stevan Ridley of the New England Patriots and Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns. This was the first time that Martin had been nominated for that specific award.
Martin is also just the second Buccaneer to win a Ground Player of the Week fan vote. His current teammate,
On just pure rushing totals, Martin was the NFL's top producer in Week Eight, racking up 135 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. His 41-yard burst in the first quarter set up a
With an additional 79 yards and a touchdown on three receptions, Martin finished the game with a career-best 214 yards from scrimmage. That was the NFL's best total by nearly 50 yards (Jason Witten, 167) in Week Eight. It was also the fifth-best single-game total of the entire season so far, just behind teammate
The Buccaneers believe there are more NFL awards in Martin's future.
"We couldn’t be more pleased with how he has developing and his contributions and looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him," said Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan.