A former Nebraska football star has returned to the Huskers’ program in a brand new role as he starts his post-football life.
Since leaving the Nebraska football program just ahead of Scott Frost’s final season, former Husker quarterback has had quite the long and windy road. However, the phrase “once a Husker, always a Husker” apparently struck a chord with Martinez as he’s now back with the program.
On Monday, Nebraska Cornhuskers Athletic Director Trev Alberts took to social media to announce the return of Adrian Martinez. Though the former quarterback isn’t joining the program as a grad assistant or coach.
Instead, Martinez is about to embark on an internship with the University of Nebraska business office.
The announcement might come as a bit of a surprise to some Nebraska football fans who have been following Martinez’s career since he left Lincoln.
Just ahead of the 2022 season, Martinez transferred to Kansas State and got off to a good enough start to the season that it looked as though he had taken the next step in his college football career.
Unfortunately, Martinez’s career has been marred by injuries and he had yet another injury in his final year of college football. That injury caused him to miss the second half of the 2022 season.
Adrian Martinez returns to the Nebraska football program … kind of
Even with that injury, it looked as though Martinez might have another shot at prolonging his football career. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent this spring and in the preseason put together enough solid performances that it looked like he might at least get a practice squad invite.
In the end, he was cut by Detroit ahead of the regular season.
It appears at least for now that Martinez has decided that the sport needs to take a backseat to a new profession. And the former Nebraska football star is using his hero status in Lincoln to get a jump start.