Jonathan Martin Opens Up on the 49ers, Stanford, and Plato

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Source: Mike Morbeck via Flickr

Source: Mike Morbeck via Flickr

Jonathan Martin’s back in the NFL. The offensive lineman who left his previous team, the Miami Dolphins, after being harassed by Richie Incognito — a veteran member of the squad — was recently traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 7th round pick. Martin sat down with for a Q&A with the San Jose Mercury News and answered their questions about the team change.

Joining with the 49ers brings Martin back to the Bay Area. He played college football at Stanford for three seasons under the loud, shouty eyes of Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, who takes everything, including his kakhis, very seriously. “I’ve always had a great relationship with Coach Harbaugh, ” said Martin. “He recruited me out of high school. He gave me an opportunity to start at tackle for a winning Stanford program for three years. His enthusiasm is infectious.”

Martin is also finishing up his senior year at Stanford, something he put on hold when he declared for the NFL draft in 2012. He’ll be receiving his undergraduate degree in the Classics. Classics? Not that an NFL player can’t be into literature, but it’s hardly typical for an athlete.

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