I am not sure how much credit to give Jerry Jones for the magical 2014-15 Cowboys season. Surely he deserves his share. We do know, however, thanks to the Don Van Natta, Jr. all-access story on Jones back in August, we know that Jerry wanted to draft Johnny “Football” Manziel.
We also know that Jones said, “Zack Martin gets you 8-8. Manziel makes you relevant for 10 years.”
Jerry Jones, no doubt to his own delight, is not looking too prescient at the moment. Manziel had such a horrible rookie season (on field and off) that has some speculating that the Browns may give up on the Johnny Football era in Cleveland before it ever begins. Meanwhile, Zack Martin proved to be the final piece to what is now, arguably, the NFL’s best offensive line. Behind Martin and company, DeMarco Murray set a Cowboys single-season rushing record. (This is on a team whose RB history includes all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith and hall of famer Tony Dorsett.) Romo also had his finest year at QB. And–listen up, Jerry–the team broke out of the 8-8 doldrums they had been in for three seasons to finish 12-4 and win the NFC East.
You might well say this is all thanks to Stephen Jones and company wrestling the Johnny Manziel card from Papa Jones’ hand on draft day and picking Zack Martin.
Zack Martin made tjhe Pro Bowl his first year in the NFL, making him the first Dallas Cowboys rookie since Calvin HIll (1969) to make the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. That’s pretty impressive.
Martin was selected to the All-Pro team. Please note that only one NFL player from each position is selected for this honor. It basically says that you are the best in the entire league at your position. Martin is the first rookie offensive lineman to be named All-Pro since Dick Huffman was in 1947. That’s even more impressive.
Did you know that Zack Martin, while at Notre Dame, won MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl? AN offensive lineman won MVP of a bowl game! That’s damn impressive.
Martin also set the record for most consecutive starts at Notre Dame. In high school, his team won two state championships.
I know you know that Zack Martin is pretty darn good.
But I thought you should know…
He’s better than that.
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