Hall of Fame inductee – Sam Martin

Inaugural class
Sam Martin is an inductee into the inaugural class of the Starr’s Mill Hall of Fame. Martin graduated from Starr’s Mill with the class of 2008 and is now an NFL punter for the Buffalo Bills.
Sam Martin is an inductee into the inaugural class of the Starr’s Mill Hall of Fame. Martin graduated from Starr’s Mill with the class of 2008 and is now an NFL punter for the Buffalo Bills.
Courtesy of Shane Ratliff

Sam Martin is an inductee in the inaugural class of the Starr’s Mill Hall of Fame.

During his time at Starr’s Mill, Martin played soccer, basketball, and football. Martin also participated in Beta club and graduated with the class of 2008.

Courtesy of Sam Martin

As a member of the Starr’s Mill football team his senior year, Martin garnered a few D-1 offers and ended up committing to Appalachian State University. He was later drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2013 NFL draft as the 167th pick overall.

“There’s only 25,000 professional football players, and only 2% of all college athletes play professional sports of any kind,” Tom Martin, Sam’s father, said. “That’s a pretty small number for him to achieve. [For] that achievement alone, I’m very proud.”

At the time of his induction, Martin is playing for the Buffalo Bills and is starting his 11th year in the NFL.

Martin was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he moved to Peachtree City at age three. For most of his life, he played soccer, including four years on the varsity team at Starr’s Mill. He played competitively at AFC Lighting for many years.

“I played pretty serious soccer since I was a pretty young kid. [I] was never a football player,” Martin said. “Football wasn’t really a thing for me until my senior year when I decided to go out and kick field goals.”

Football wasn’t really a thing for me until my senior year when I decided to go out and kick field goals.”

— Hall of Fame inductee Sam Martin

Martin originally committed to Georgia State for soccer in his junior year, but he decommitted his senior year when he received an offer from Appalachian State to play football.

Martin went on to play for the Detroit Lions, the Denver Broncos and is about to enter his second year with the Buffalo Bills. He is not married but is a happy dog dad to a labradoodle named Leo.

“I had a great high school life. It was pretty much centered around soccer with high school soccer after school and club soccer in the evening,” Martin said. “I had a great group of friends in all grades.”

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Crista Alarcon, Editor
Sophomore 2nd year with The Prowler Sports Editor   I am vice president for the 2026 class, vice president of the Feminism Club, and president and founder of the Hispanic-Latino Student Society. I play for the Starr’s Mill lacrosse team and am a manager for the swim team. I cannot wait for another great year with The Prowler.

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