Notre Dame Football – Brothers/Teammates Nick and Zack Martin Show Money Isn’t First

by Kent Sterling

Zack Martin passed up millions - or at least delayed it - to play on the same Notre Dame O-line with his brother Nick.

Zack Martin passed up millions – or at least delayed it – to play on the same Notre Dame O-line with his brother Nick.

Central Indiana is getting a lot of attention as a launching pad for top level college football recruits, and two that are not only playing at the highest level but living it as well are Zack and Nick Martin – both graduates of Chatard High School in Indianapolis.

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Zack is the older of the two brothers, and he came back for his senior year of eligibility because he wanted to play alongside his brother for a season.  Nick is a junior and is also a starter on the offensive line.  If Zack had declared for the draft, most experts believed he would have been a first or second rounder.  That means he passed up a lucrative payday – or more accurately, 17 lucrative paydays and a significant signing bonus – to share a magical season with his “little” brother.

Notre Dame is smart enough to recognize the compelling nature of this feel good story, so they produced a nice video chronicling the Martin Family story.

There are plenty of reasons for cynicism about collegiate athletics.  Time Magazine’s cover story this week calls for college athletes to be paid.  Well, here’s a kid who decided to pass on the big bucks the NFL offers in order to return to school and fulfill a family’s dream.

The Martins won’t be on the cover of Time, but it’s a story worth hearing.

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