Nance, Martin

Card: Bowman 2006
Acquired: 2012, Target Authentic Autograph Memorabilia

Martin Nance played wide receiver alongside future Steeler quarterback Ben Rothlisberger at the University of Miami, Ohio. At 6’3″, 213 Nance virtually towered over the smaller defensive backs of the MAC. In his Sophomore season (2003,) Nance absolutely dominated competition posting 90 catches for 1,498 yards and 11 touchdowns. While his junior season was marred by a knee injury, Martin returned his Senior season and posted another 80 receptions, 1,107 yards and 14 TDs. He ran a 4.58 40 and struggled at the combine. Martin was signed by the Buffalo Bills to a free agent contract in 2006, but did not make the squad. The Vikings snapped him up soon thereafter, and he remained on their practice squad through the 2007 season. ┬áDuring this period Martin logged 4 receptions for 33 yards. He’d be reunited with Rothlisberger in Pittsburgh in 2008, winning a Super Bowl and staying with the Steelers through 2009.