As far as receivers go even historically, Eric Martin got no respect. At the time of his graduation from LSU, Eric Martin was the most prolific receiver in the history of the SEC with 2,625 career yards. A highly precise route runner, with great hands, Martin ran a very flat 4.65 40, which dropped his draft stock like a rock. In the end, his home state New Orleans Saints selected him in the 7th round of the 1985 draft.
He’d make the team and start 11 games in each of the next 3 seasons while also handling return duties on special teams. In 1988 Eric started his first full 16 game slate and it paid dividends with him catching a career high 85 balls for 1083 yards and 7 touchdowns. At the conclusion of the season, Martin earned his and only first Pro Bowl nomination. He’d have another solid season in 1989, logging career high 1090 yards and 8 touchdowns on 68 receptions.
After two near 1,000 yard campaigns in both 90 and 91, Martin recorded his final 1,000 yard season, in 1992 with 1041 yards and 5 touchdowns. Another near 1K miss occurred in 1993 for Eric, and then he played a final season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 94. Martin finished his career with the Saints as their all-time receiving leader, which has since been broken numerous times by Joe Horn and Marques Colston.
Eric had some absolutely amazing cards so it was tough to pair down the selection to send out. In the end I went with these 3 solid issues. I had failed previously in 2011 but decided to give it another shot to a second address, where I got a response after a few months wait.
G/GS 153/118 REC 553 YDS 8161 AVG 14.8 TD 49 LG 84
KR 22 YDS 495 AVG 22.5 TD 0 LG 69
PR 46 YDS 368 AVG 8.0 TD 0 LG 39