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Five Facts about 49ers OT Jonathan Martin

Posted Mar 24, 2014

The ex-Dolphins offensive lineman won't be defined by his time in Miami, and there's a lot more to him than meets the eye.


Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we'll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with tackle Jonathan Martin, whom San Francisco acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on March 11. 

1. He is not looking back at what happened with the Dolphins.

No need to. Martin is taking the next step in his NFL career. Despite starting 23 games in his first two seasons in the league, Martin left the team because of the locker room environment. He didn’t want to discuss the situation in his first public comments as a member of the 49ers. “My focus is 100 percent on the future and moving forward,” he told reporters. It’s completely understandable. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound tackle has joined a Super Bowl contender and is looking to build bonds with new teammates rather than discuss the well-publicized situations he encountered in Miami. Martin has already begun building relationships with new teammates. Martin said he’s been in contact with three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.

2. He can serve as a backup at two positions and potentially more.

Swing tackle? Guard? Blocking tight end? Martin said he’s willing to play any position San Francisco’s coaching staff asks of him. Why? Because he has experience playing for coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman when they were at Stanford. “I think they have a blueprint on how to succeed in the NFL and in football in general,” Martin said. Initially, Martin is expected to compete to be the team’s swing tackle. It’s worth noting that the 49ers typically use offseason practices to allow members of the offensive line to get experience at other positions. With that in mind, San Francisco could very well use OTAs and minicamps to see how Martin looks at guard.

3. He is into the classics.

Martin is currently at Stanford finishing up his degree in classical literature. Martin decided to declare his major after being exposed to it by a college teammate. Martin said he’s not proficient in Greek, but he is functional in Latin. When asked if he compared himself to Odysseus’ journey home from the Trojan War, Martin said he didn’t have a problem with the comparison. “I do feel like I’m home,” he said. “I feel like I’m back in California, back around the people I know. And I’m looking forward to playing football again in a month.”

4. He was a high draft pick for a reason.

Martin made 37 starts in college. As a junior, he was named first-team All-American and a finalist for the 2011 Lombardi Award, an honor bestowed on the nation’s most outstanding lineman. Martin served as Andrew Luck’s blindside protector in college and was selected 42nd overall in 2012. Martin joins the 49ers as one of three, top-50 draft selections looking for a second chance in the NFL. There’s no question that Martin has the size and mental acumen to handle pro football. Now, it’s just a matter of settling back into playing the game he loves with a strong locker room full of quality professionals.

5. He is entertaining on Twitter.

If you follow @J_Martin71, you’re going to get a mixed bag of information. Sometimes you’ll get a thought-provoking comment and sometimes you’ll get humor. A quick study of Martin’s verified account discovered the following:

Jokes about final exams.

Comments other peopl’s social media habits

Desires to hire a personal chef

Disapproval of NBA t-shirt jerseys

And…

Affection for pizza on Valentine’s Day
 

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