Resolution Sports Celebrates the Incredible Journey of George Martin
George Martin walked 3003 miles to raise money for 9/11 first responders
New York, N.Y. (Monday, June 22, 2009) - In folklore a Giant is defined as a being with human form but superhuman size and strength, which perfectly defines the 6-foot-4 former captain of the New York Giants, George Martin. On no other day was this proven to be more truthful than one year ago yesterday when he completed a Journey for 9-11, a 3003-mile trek from New York to San Diego that he underwent to raise money for the first responders of the 9-11 attacks.
“George Martin is one of the most remarkable people that I have ever had the privilege of knowing,” Resolution Sports President John Archibald commented. “It is truly an honor to have Resolution Sports partnered with a Journey for 9-11, and like I have said to George and his son many times in the past, I will jump at any opportunity to support them and the foundation in whatever fashion they need me and my company to do so.”
While there have been many well-defined moments in his lifetime, Martin showed the true character of his being with the foundation of a Journey for 9-11. Many of those who had rushed to aid in the aftermath of 9-11 are sick with respiratory and other diseases that can cause permanent disability, and some have unfortunately lost their jobs and have been unable to get the necessary treatment for their health problems due to a lack of insurance. Bothered by this, Martin decided he wanted to make a difference and established a Journey for 9-11.
In support of his foundation, Martin began walking on September 16, 2007, at the George Washington Bridge in New York City with his sights set on walking all the way to San Diego, California, to raise money for a Journey for 9-11. 3003 miles, nine months and 27 pairs of shoes later, he arrived in San Diego on June 21, 2008. He raised over two million dollars in the process, while also shedding 41 pounds on his journey. Further displaying his perseverance, Martin did not miss a single day of walking due to injury, sickness or fatigue.
Martin remains steadfast in his commitment to raising funds for his initiative still today. For more information regarding a Journey for 9-11, visit them on the web at www.ajourneyfor911.info or log onto http://www.active.com/donate/aJourneyfor911 to make a contribution to this incredible foundation.
Prior to his heroism for a Journey for 9-11, Martin displayed the same fearlessness on the football gridiron. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Martin was drafted by the Giants in 1975 after playing college football at the University of Oregon. He was co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion Giants, sacking Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway for a safety in the first half. Earlier that season, he picked Elway in a regular season contest and returned the interception for a 78-yard touchdown, a series of events that then-Giants head coach Bill Parcells called the greatest football play that he had ever seen.
Over his 14-year career, Martin tallied 46 sacks and seven touchdowns (six on defense) and missed a mere six games in 14 years of service to the Giants. His six defensive scores came by means of three interception returns, two fumble returns, and a lateral on a blocked field goal. That ranked as the best by a defensive lineman in NFL history until defensive end Jason Taylor broke the mark in 2006.
A Journey for 9-11 is only a portion of the philanthropic work that Martin does. The AXA corporate officer also serves as the co-founder and Executive Board Member of Minority Athletes Networking (MAN), a non-profit organization that cultivates the inner city youth. He also serves as an Ambassador for the NFL Youth Football Initiative and as a board member of the New York Football Giants Alumni, where he helps former players get back into productive roles in society. He is additionally the Honorary President of Tomorrows Children’s Fund and the Honorary Dinner Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Martin was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1986 as their Humanitarian of the Year, and he is also a current member of the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey.