Former A&M-C Lions kicker dies at 24

Saul Martinez kicked for the Lions in 2013 & 14.

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Saul Martinez kicked for the Lions in 2013 & ’14.

BJ Laudermilk, Sports Editor

Former A&M-Commerce Lions football kicker Saul Martinez died unexpectedly Sunday morning at the age of 24. No details about his death were released.

Martinez was a member of the Lions 2013 and 2014 teams, the first two seasons with the team for head football coach Colby Carthel. Saul made 31 field goals and 126 point after touchdowns in his two-year career with the Lions to tally 219 points, good enough for fifth all-time in Lion history.

Before coming to A&M-Commerce, Martinez spent two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. He made 70 extra points while he was there and missed only six field goals in his career. He also made a career long 50-yard field goal while with the Cardinals. He went to high school in Pittsburg, and played not only football but baseball and soccer as well in high school.

Martinez ranks fourth in Lion history in made field goals, making 31 of his 38 tries in two seasons. He also ranks second in the program’s record book with his 126 PATs, just ahead of current Lion kicker Kristov Martinez (125). Saul was twice named the Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week in 2014, was named to the LSC Title team that season, and still holds the Lion and Lone Star Conference record for most PATs made and attempted in one game (13).

In a tweet, his former coach Colby Carthel said, “Saddened to hear the tragic news of Saul Martinez’ passing. A record setting kicker and an amazing person/friend. You will be missed. RIP”

Martinez graduated with a business degree in 2015 from A&M-Commerce. He began working with Cypress Bank in Pittsburg as a loan officer later that year. His wife Abby Brummell Martinez is expecting their first child together, a daughter, next March. The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support his funeral costs as well as a special account at Cypress Bank for his unborn daughter. They hope to raise $10,000 with the campaigns. He will be laid to rest on the morning of Sept. 27.