Sam Martin named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Sep 14, 2016

Martin tied the second-highest single-game net punting average (55.5) in NFL history.

Punter Sam Martin was named NFC special teams player of the week for his performance vs. the Colts in the Detroit Lions' season opener:

  • In the Lions’ 39-35 win at Indianapolis, P Sam Martin tied the second-highest single-game net punting average (55.5) in NFL history since net punting became an official statistic in 1976 (minimum qualifier: 4 punts).
  • Martin’s 55.5 net punting average also set a new team single-game record.
  • Martin punted four times for 235 yards (58.8 avg.) and registered an astounding 55.5 net punting average. His performance also included two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

  • All four of Martin’s punts not only were 50 yards but each resulted in a 50 -yard net punt. Among his total included punts of 57 (net 53), 56 (net 56), 59 (net 50) and 63 yards (net 63).

  • With long punt of 63 yards against the Colts, Martin has now recorded a 60 yard punt in 12 career games.

  • Martin also handled kickoff duties as his kicks resulted in 5 touchbacks. His final kickoff with :04 left in the fourth was strategically placed to the goal-line forcing a return to run out the clock and resulted in a safety on the final player of the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first safety to end a regulation game since November 16, 2003 (Buffalo vs. Houston).

  • Martin’s gross punting average of 58.8 (4-235) against the Colts was the highest by a Lions punter since 1960, surpassing the previous best of 57.3 by Hall Famer Yale Lary against San Francisco October 6, 1963.