Since Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins after being harassed non-stop by a few of his teammates — Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry — many were left wondering whether or not he would mentally be able to return to a locker room and find success in the NFL.
While Martin will likely never return to South Beach, his former college coach at Stanford believes that Martin has what it takes to make it as a player in the league.
“Jim Harbaugh, Martin’s former head coach at Stanford and the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, told us that he had never doubted Martin’s tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment,” the Wells Report said.
“Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL. It appears that Martin was up to the challenge of dealing with physical or verbal intimidation by opposing players during NFL games, but fell victim, at least in part, to persistent taunting from his own teammates.
“Coach Harbaugh emphasized that he never doubted Martin’s physical or mental toughness, and he believes that Martin can continue to have a successful career in the NFL. Coach Harbaugh also said that the atmosphere in the Stanford locker room, in his view, was not materially different from that of the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room.”
It will be interesting to see if Harbaugh brings Martin to the San Francisco 49ers to help him along the way.
If the 49ers are not an option, another potential landing spot for Martin could be the Indianapolis Colts, where he would be with his former college quarterback Andrew Luck who he has a great friendship with.
Regardless of what happens next, there are plenty of people out there rooting for Martin to succeed and they appear willing to help him along the way.