Two-time NFL Super Bowl champion safety and Denver-native Derrick Martin was a guest of the Colorado Rapids at training on Friday morning. Accompanying Martin was another Super Bowl champ, Atari Bigby, now of the San Diego Chargers. Martin and Bigby were teammates on the Green Bay Packers when they won Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Martin then repeated as Super Bowl champ when he won it again this past year with the New York Giants.
One of their friends that also came out was Mike Ruocco, who with his band SR 71 had some hits a few years ago and is now a solo artist. The six-year NFL pro and Mike met in Maryland at a charity event while Martin was with the Baltimore Colts. One of the more popular SR 71 songs was Right Now: VIDEO
Martin, who attended Thomas Jefferson High School, is now a free agent and just return home to Colorado after taking part in the New England Patriots offseason workouts. This weekend, his Derrick Martin Foundation has organized a fundraising celebrity bowling outing as well as a SportFest on Saturday.
Rapids season ticket holder Ed Clemente, who has his own photography business, was coming out to shoot photos and video for ColoradoRapidsFan.com and invited Martin to come watch a training, working with the team's PR department.
After training, Brian Mullan and Conor Casey - two local players - met Derrick chatted about their times playing high school sports in the area.
The South American players were also intrigued at meeting an NFL player. Jamie Castrillon, Luis Zapata, and Martin Rivero also chatted him up. They found it interesting to learn that champions in U.S. sports leagues usually get championship rings - and wear them in public. They asked about taking hits, or hitting other players, and tried to understand the position that Derrick plays. For his part, Derrick complemented them on their agility, endurance, and speed.
Afterwards, some of the player invited Martin to play a little soccer, and then football. Watch below the athletes having fun playing both sports (or CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE).
To learn more about The Derrick Martin Foundation and how he helps kids, visit his website at www.DerrickMartin.net.