A standout at the University of Western Ontario, Martin was the first CIS underclassman ever drafted to the NFL.
Position: DE – Born: April 18, 1986 Negril, Jamaica (Raised in London, ON) – College: University of Western Ontario (CIS) – Height: 6’4 – Weight: 308 – Draft: 2009, 4th round (113th overall, San Diego Chargers)
The first Canadian University player selected in the NFL draft since Tyrone Williams (1992, 9th round, Phoenix; Queens’ Mike Schad, 1st round to St. Louis, 1986 was the first), Vaughn Martin signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2009. In 2014 Martin signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.
Engaging and affable, Martin is a native of Lucea, Jamaica. As a youth, the primary sports that he played were cricket and soccer. When Martin was nine, his mother, Doreen, married a man who lived in Toronto and Martin and his mother moved to Canada. They lived in Toronto and later in London, Ontario, which is where Martin learned to play hockey and football. He didn’t play high school football until the 10th grade and played just two collegiate seasons. In between, Martin played two seasons of summer ball in the Central Ontario Football League and played for Team Canada at the 2006 NFL Global Championships. Team Canada went 5-0 and posted five shutouts while Martin was named to the All-Tournament Team.After high school, Martin spent a year at the Milford Prep School in New York. Ticketed to attend Michigan State after prep school, a mixup over his transcripts prevented him from becoming a Spartan. Instead Martin enrolled at Western Ontario, where he led the Mustangs to the Vanier Cup, Canada’s collegiate national championship football game, as a freshman Teammates at Western Ontario had nicknamed the freshman sensation, “Vicious.” After the Vanier Cup, Martin applied for the NFL Draft with three seasons of college eligibility remaining. He became the first Canadian underclassman to get drafted by an NFL team. Martin played defensive end and tackle at Western Ontario, and played fullback in the team’s short-yardage offense.Martin was one of the most intelligent players to emerge from the 2009 NFL Draft, scoring a 38 on the league’s Wonderlic Test.TRANSACTION HISTORY:Fourth-round pick (113), April 26, 2009…signed four-year contract, July 25.2010: Sack on 3rd-down play in fourth quarter of 35-14 win vs. Denver Nov. 22…outstanding game with team-high three quarterback hits on Brodie Croyle in 31-0 shutout win over Kansas City Dec. 12.2009: Game BallJan. 3 vs. WAS after playing season-high 48 snaps.COLLEGE:Led team to 2008 Canadian National Championship Game (Vanier Cup)…GoodLife Fitness Athlete of Week following ’08 game vs. Queen’s University…finished career with 92 TT, 7.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL, 22 QB pressures and INT TD…social sciences major.PERSONAL: Born in Jamaica…prepped at London South Secondary School in London, Ontario.