Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Clay Martin, NFL Referee

THIS IS EPISODE 303 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Clay Martin is entering his fifth season as an NFL official, and his second as a referee. The former college point guard from Oklahoma Baptist University is also a high school basketball coach at Jenks High in Jenks, Okla. Martin coached at the NCAA Division I level with Texas Pan-American, where he was an assistant under Bob Hoffman.

Martin’s football officiating career began in 2005. He started working college games in 2007 with Conference USA as a line judge, and he’s gone on to officiate the 2011 Conference USA championship, the 2011 Outback Bowl, the 2012 Holiday Bowl, the 2014 Conference USA championship and the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.

During his time as a college basketball player with OBU, his team reached the NAIA championship game in 1997 and the quarterfinals in 1999. He was a third-team All-American in 1999 and an honorable mention All-American in 1998. Martin holds the OBU records for career assists and steals and scored 1,126 points in 122 games.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Martin about life as an NFL referee, how he became a football official after playing college basketball, what it looks like to incorporate his faith into his job, and his awesome story of coming to know Jesus as Lord.

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