Joe Martinek Was Ready To Give Up Football When The Giants Called

By Matt Sugam

Joe Martinek was getting ready to call it a career. After signing as an undrafted free agent by the Giants, Martinek was cut at the end of training camp.

“It was getting a little frustrating being at home just working out everyday,” said via Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger. “I was going to have to start looking for a job soon so mentally it was taking a little toll on me, but I just kept staying positive and continuing to work out.”

Martinek — who caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the preseason — was working out three hours a day with a personal trainer five days a week after he was released. He cut back to three or four days a week and began pursuing a new career as a police officer.

“I had two state police things I could’ve done and I did like a fundraiser last week and I was going to meet up with them for lunch this week and see,” the former Rutgers tailback said. “He runs camps, training for high school kids looking to go to college and stuff so I was like a week, two weeks away [from moving on from football].”

Then a call came on Monday, and it was the Giants on the other end of the phone. They wanted to sign him to the practice squad.

“It feels good to be back,” Martinek said. “It feels real good.”

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