SB XII MVPs Harvey Martin & Randy White (NFLP)
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Harvey Martin (79)

Position:Defensive End
Height:6' 5"
Weight:260 lbs.
Birthdate:November 16, 1950 (December 24, 2001)
Birthplace:Dallas, TX
College:East Texas State University
Team/Year:Dallas; 1973-1983
MVP:Super Bowl XII (Shared with DE Randy White)

Harvey Martin was one of the mainstays of the famed Doomsday II Defense that helped the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, where he and teammate Randy White, a defensive tackle, were chosen as the game's most valuable players.

Martin was one of the quickest defensive ends in the NFL. His patented pass-rush move, one that allowed him to record 113 sacks (unofficially), was a quick step at the snap of the ball to freeze an offensive lineman, then another quick step to the outside followed by a crashing move toward the quarterback.

Cowboys head coach Tom Landry called Martin the best pass-rushing defensive end in Cowboys' history. He also was the most athletic. Although he stood 6 feet 5 inches and weighed 252 pounds, Martin was timed in 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

In addition to White, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Martin also played on Doomsday II with Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Larry Cole, a holdover from the Cowboys' Doomsday I defense. Martin always played next to White, leaving opponents in a terrible dilemma because White demanded double-team blocking. Martin was almost unblockable man-for-man, so opponents either used a second tight end or a running back to help out, lessening the effectiveness of their passing game.

Martin always loved the spotlight. He became a well-known radio personality in Dallas, and once after a television interview with former Miss America Phyllis George on CBS, he turned around and interviewed her for his Dallas radio show.

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