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Derrick Martin, University of Wyoming

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Derrick Martin grew in Westminster, CO just outside of Denver and attended Thomas Jefferson HS. After becoming one of the top high school football players in the state he enrolled at the University of Wyoming. At Wyoming Martin made an immediate impact and quickly became recognized as one of the top defensive backs in the nation. With his talent Martin decided to forgo his senior year in Laramie and entered the NFL Draft. He was picked in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens.

Martin spent three years with the Ravens, two with the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and now plays safety for the New York Giants. But the point of this article is not to highlight what he has done on the field but rather what he has done off the field. After growing up in a single parent household Martin decided he wanted to give back to his community that supported him as a youth. That is why he founded the Derrick Martin Foundation in 2007 in order to support underprivileged kids and single-parent homes.

For the past four years Derrick Martin and his foundation have sponsored a free sports festival to keep kids learn football skills and other ways to stay active. There is also a cheer champ as part of the festival. All of this takes place at his former school Thomas Jefferson High. He gets help from his school friends as well as fellow NFL players to help out with the camp each year. Some other NFL players that have attended are former Wyoming Cowboy Devin Moore, Colts WR Pierre Garcon and Ravens WR Marcus Smith.

Besides the sports festival Martin has made contributions in other ways to help the community. In 2006 and 2007 Martin and some of his Ravens teammates helped to refurbish a home in Baltimore as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. During his time in Green Bay Martin set up a group called Martin's Martians with a local elementary school to help focus fitness and leadership.

Even though Martin left Wyoming early he has done a great job representing the school, his hometown and himself since that time. He is truly using his fame for good to help out others so that they can achieve the goals that they set for themselves.

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