Daniel Martinez (#11) played as a kicker for Wayland Baptist University. Martinez attended Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, Texas. Martinez however was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. Martinez lettered in football for only two years in high school. Martinez was named his high school teams Athlete of the Year and was awarded Two-Time 1st Team All-District as a kicker and punter. Martinez was also a member of the soccer program in high school. Martinez was Two-Time Goalkeeper of the Year and Four-Time First Team All-District. Martinez also excelled in the class room as he was awarded Academic Outstanding All-District all four years.
Martinez had been playing soccer since he was 4 years old. Martinez was raised playing in the reserves of a professional team back home in El Salvador. Martinez moved to the United States so he could follow his dream of not only becoming a professional athlete but so he could also receive a better education. In 2014, Martinez had a professional soccer contract back in El Salvador, but his priority was getting his degree first. Martinez said, “my passion for the sport hasn’t changed and I still love the beautiful game. But, football has given me the opportunity to develop more talent that I didn’t know I had.” Martinez made the switch when he was 16 years old. Martinez said he always dreamt of playing soccer at the next level but when he least expected it he was breaking records as a punter and a kicker. Martinez said, “football has opened new doors for me and new opportunities and I will be forever blessed for that.”
Martinez had a very successful collegiate career while at Wayland Baptist University. During his freshman season, Martinez was a perfect 27-27 on PATs and was 6-10 on field goals. During his freshman season, Martinez had the opportunity to kick four field goals in one game which is now a school record. Martinez was also named All-CSFL Honorable Mention and was a two-time CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Martinez was 54-58 on PATs and was 18-28 on field goal attempts, which includes a school record 56 yard field goal as a sophomore. During his sophomore season, Martinez was named All-CSFL Second Team and was honored three times as CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Martinez also earned CSFL All-Academic Honors as a junior in 2015 and Academic All-Conference as a sophomore in 2014. Martinez had a very impressive senior season as he went 29-30 on PATs and 17-23 on field goals as he went on to score a total of 80 points which was a team high. During his career, Martinez successfully kicked five 50-plus yard field goals. Martinez was also named CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week eleven times during his career and was named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week three times . Martinez was also named WBUs Second All-American and earned First Teams Honors. Martinez reflected on his experience and how he found success and said, “I have grown so much in this experience, I wouldn’t have done it without my family, coaches, and all the people that have been there for me pushing me every day. I loved every single challenge that I was put in to.”
Martinez is currently preparing to take the next step in his career as he looks to play for a team in the NFL. Martinez said his main focus is, “ to have everything under control. By saying that I mean to be prepared for any opportunity that comes my way.” Martinez also looks to have his accuracy and kicking power down and under control heading into Pro Day and private workouts scheduled in the coming weeks. Martinez also looks to get stronger and to get into shape during this process so he is prepared both mentally and physically for the NFL.