Harvey Martin (79)
|Birthdate:||November 16, 1950 (December 24, 2001)|
|College:||East Texas State University|
|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.