Former Syracuse football star Jordan Martin has fulfilled the guarantee of his old boss Dave Boller. Here are all the details on this comeback story.
It’s been an incredible journey for former Syracuse football defensive back Jordan Martin but now he’s back in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced the move on Wednesday via Twitter.
Martin became the fifth former member of the Alliance of American Football to join the purple people eaters this offseason. Over 30 AAF players have signed professional contracts in the NFL and that number is growing per NFL Insider Field Yates.
Jordan played in eight games for the San Diego Fleet of the now-defunct AAF league. He registered 17 tackles, an interception, and four passes defended in the inaugural season.
Prior to his time in the AAF, Martin was invited to Jets minicamp as an undrafted free agent. When Jordan didn’t make the team he received a call from Dave Boller.
Dave was the Director of Recruiting Operations at Syracuse before being offered the General Manager position with the San Diego Fleet of the AAF. When he got that job with the Fleet he gave a call to one of his former Syracuse football players to give him a second chance.
A few weeks into the Fleet season, Dave Boller did a radio hit in Syracuse and guaranteed that Jordan Martin would be back on an NFL roster next Fall. Little did he know that Martin would get that job several months before that in the spring.
Martin has all the tools you’d look for from an NFL defensive back:
- Prototypical size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds).
- Versatility: being able to play multiple positions in the secondary.
- And finally, production at every level he’s been at:
- Played three seasons at Toledo and collected 74 tackles. Also another feather in the versatility cap (he played cornerback for the Rockets).
- Also played a year at Syracuse as a grad-transfer and despite battling through some injuries Jordan made enough plays to warrant an East-West Shrine Game invite.
- Following that he had an opportunity with the Jets and “impressed” according to several Jets personnel, but due to a surplus in the secondary, the Jets went in a different direction.