Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran running back Doug Martin. Martin had some great years with the Buccaneers. He bursted onto the scene in 2012 rushing for over 1400 yards and 11 touchdowns. The muscle hamster as a rookie was fucking up the league and it seemed as if he was going to be the next big thing in the NFL. That was until he didn’t want to be the muscle hamster anymore...
Doug Martin basically ended up crying saying he didn’t like that nickname and wanted to be called something else. Wake up call Doug, you don’t get to pick and chose your nickname in sports, it’s just given to you, and then embraced by you. That’s just the way things work. Well, Doug didn’t quite grasp the laws of the sports nickname game, therefore, leading to the downfall of his career.
The next two season were injury ridden, Martin combined to only play in 17 games. In those 17 games he rushed for 950 yards and 3 TD’s not bad, but certainly not what we expected after his monster rookie season. Then, in 2015 he re-emerged as the young star we saw back in his rookie season. He went to his second pro bowl and earned first team all pro honors. The Dougernaut was back after posting another 1400 yard season.
Turns out Doug Martin’s rebirth was fraudulent, he was using PED’s, and was suspended 4 games the following season for it. What a shame, the return to greatness all for it to be realized as a sham. Since then, Martin has been mediocre at best. I mean the Bucs stink and they didn’t even want him, so what does that tell you.
Competent running backs are hard to come by in the NFL, just ask the Seahawks. That’s why I’m confident Martin will land a job somewhere this offseason. I’m sure the Seahawks will give him a look. They seem to sign at least one washed up running back every offseason. The story of Doug ‘the muscle hamster’ Martin is not yet over, at least I don’t think so, and there’s still a slim chance he returns to glory one last time. Until then, let’s reflect on better times.