The Browns hosted their fourth annual Black History Month panel at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this year they emphasized leadership and overcoming hardships through the message, "Perseverance" Turning adversity into Opportunity; Sharing stories to inspire others."
The discussion will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second time in as many years, the 2015 program will engage 150 Cleveland Metropolitan School District student-athletes in the discussion, along with three panelist: former Browns Earnest Byner, Reggie Hodges and Bobby Martin, who was born with Caudal regression syndrome and was the recipient of the 2006 ESPY Winner for Best Male Athlete with a disability.
Participating male and female CMSD student-athletes will be impelled to incorporate themes of overcoming challenges and serving their communities into their daily lives in school and at home. After the discussion, each individual will also be asked to #give10 by pledging at least 10 community-service hours through the Browns First and Ten movement.
Martin was born with Caudal regression syndrome which left him with no legs, showed remarkable determination by playing football without use of prosthetic. As a senior at Colonel White High School in Dayton, Ohio 2005, he played nose tackle and finished the season with 48 tackles, three sacks,six QB hurries and one fumble recover. After high school, Martin enrolled at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and made the team as a walk-on and redshirted his freshman year. In 2007, he moved to Cleveland where he made the football team for the North Coast Vikings of the semi-pro NAFL. One year later, he was given a tryout with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.