The Seahawks may be on a five-week, pre-training camp pseudo-vacation after wrapping up their official Offseason Program last week, but wide receiver Charly Martin isn’t taking a break from the regimented schedules just yet.
The Walla Walla, Wash. born Martin, who earned a degree in mass communications/broadcasting from West Texas A&M, is one of 24 current and former NFL players taking part in the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, set to run June 17-20 at NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J.
“The NFL does a good job of putting on different programs where you can start looking to better yourself off the field and preparing yourself for life after football,” Martin said following last week’s minicamp. “I’m looking forward to going out there and gaining knowledge from some of the top professionals in that business, really networking and making connections, and seeing if it’s something I want to do when I’m done playing.”
Martin will get hands-on work in tape study, editing, television and radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, field reporting and game preparation. He’ll work alongside representatives from each of the League’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and Dial Global Radio – who combined hold more than 400 years of broadcast experience, including CBS’ James Brown, FOX’s Kenny Albert, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski and former NFL coach Dick Vermeil. Martin will serve as a live guest host on NFL Radio and will have an opportunity to tape segments as a studio and game analyst, much like current teammate fullback Michael Robinson did at last year’s camp.
“He gave me some pointers,” Martin said of Robinson. “From what I understand we’re going to put in some work. They’re going to be some long days, but it’ll be beneficial and I’m just excited to delve into that area and see what it’s like.”
While Martin did pen some guest-columns for the Amarillo Globe-News during his playing days at West Texas A&M, he said he’s not yet quite sure which side of the business he wants to jump into after football. He’ll use this week’s camp to test the waters in all areas.
“I’ve always put 110 percent into football and living in this moment and handling my business here,” said Martin. “But obviously, I went to school for it and I enjoyed it. We’ll see where it takes me.”