For the third time in four NFL Drafts, the Dallas Cowboys selected an offensive lineman in the first round when they picked Zack Martin from Notre Dame in 2014. Mar- tin joined Cowboys first round picks Tyron Smith (2011) and Travis Frederick (2013) as the building blocks for the future of the franchise. In his first season, Martin did not disappoint and was a key part in the league’s second-ranked rushing attack. Martin became the first rookie in club history to start all 16 games at right guard and the fourth rookie on the offensive line to start all 16, and he earned a Pro Bowl spot - the only offensive rookie in the NFL in 2014 and the first Cowboys rookie lineman to make the game. He also earned All-Pro honors, becoming only the third rookie in team history to do so. He again manned the right guard spot in 2015, starting all 16 games and earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod and All-Pro honor. In 2016 Martin was part of an offensive line that led the way for the league’s leading rusher (Ezekiel Elliott, 1,631 yards) and the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack. En route to his third straight Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections, Martin & Co. also helped rookie quarterback Dak Prescott establish league rookie records in quarterback rating (104.9) and completion percentage (67.8). Behind the line, Prescott became the second player with 3,500-plus pass yards and less than five interceptions (Tom Brady, 2010 and 2016). While at Notre Dame, Martin earned the distinct honor of being a two-time captain after becoming the longest tenured starter in school history, starting all 52 games of his collegiate career. Martin’s intrigue to the Cowboys was his ability to play any position along the offensive line, despite starting 50 of his 52 college games at left tackle and the other two at right tackle.
Started all 16 games for the third straight season, earning his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, and blocked for the league’s leading rusher and the second-ranked rushing attack.
Behind the line’s work, Prescott also earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors while Elliott took home FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
Earned AP and Sporting News All-Pro first-team, PFWA All-NFL and was part of a line that earned Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year honors.
Did not yield a sack in the opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11) as Prescott became the fourth Cowboys rookie to start a season at quarterback. Also blocked for Elliott, who became the fourth rookie running back to start the opener for the club. The two were only the second QB/RB combo of rookies to start an opener for the club.
Against Chicago (9/25) helped Elliott rush for 140 yards - his first career 100-yard day - as three different running backs rushed for a score for the second consecutive game.
Opened holes at San Francisco (10/2) for Elliott to rush for 138 yards - his second straight 100-yard game.
Against Cincinnati (10/9) helped Elliott to his third straight 130-yard game while blocking for an offense that had three rushing scores - the first three allowed by the Bengals on the season.
At Green Bay (10/16) blocked for Elliott’s fourth straight 130-yard outing - first NFL rookie, 11th rusher overall to accomplish the feat - and the first player to rush for over 100 yards against the Packers this season. Also allowed Prescott to throw for a season-high three touchdown passes on 18-of-27 attempts.
Blocked for a season-high 39:39 time of possession as the team rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns while adding three more through the air at Cleveland (11/6).
Led the way for Dallas’ first 300-yard passer (Prescott-319), 100-yard receiver (Dez Bryant-116) and 100- yard rusher (Elliott-114) since 2013 as the offense racked up its seventh straight 400-yard game.
Helped the offense to tie an NFL record with eight consecutive 400-yard games as the offense finished with 417 yards against Baltimore (11/20). The club scored points on each of its final eight drives.
The offense rushed for 163 yards on 30 carries (5.4) with three rushing touchdowns, allowing only one sack on 25 drop backs as Prescott completed 70.8% of his passes on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (11/24).
Against Tampa Bay (12/18) blocked for Elliott’s top rushing yard performance of the year (159 yards) as the offense rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 32 runs. Also helped Prescott to the second-highest completion percentage (88.9 - minimum 30 attempts) in NFL history.
In the home finale against Detroit (12/26), the offense averaged 7.2 yards-per-play (375 yards on 52 plays), rushing for 164 yards on 30 carries (5.5) and two touchdowns and throwing for 222 yards and a sea- son-high four scores. It was only the third time since 2010 - and fourth since 2000 - that the Cowboys had six offensive touchdowns in a game.
In the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), helped block for an offense that had a 100-yard rusher (Elliott-125), 100-yard receiver (Bryant-132) and a 300-yard passer (Prescott-302) for only the second time in team playoff history. The club also racked up 429 yards - seventh in a game in team playoff history.
Selected to play in his second straight Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games for the second straight season, allowing Darren McFadden to rush for his second career 1,000-yard season. It was the first time in team history the Cowboys had two different rushers top 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
In the season-opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/13), the line did not allow a sack on 45 drop backs as Tony Romo completed 80.0% of his passes (36-of-45) for 356 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Against Atlanta (9/27) blocked for an offense that averaged 6.0 yards-per-rush with four rushing touchdowns - the most by a Cowboys offense since four at Arizona (11/15/98). All four came in the first half, the second time in franchise history Dallas had four rushing touchdowns in a half - first half against the N.Y. Giants, 12/1/63.
Against Philadelphia (11/8) helped the offense rack up 411 yards as McFadden topped 100 rushing yards (117) and two receivers (Cole Beasley-112, and Bryant-104) topped 100 receiving yards to mark the first time since 1999 Dallas had a pair of 100-yard receivers along with a 100-yard rusher.
Blocked for an offense that rushed for 171 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries (8.6) at Green Bay (12/13).
McFadden rushed for his fifth 100-yard game and the line blocked for Kellen Moore’s NFL debut after he stepped in for Matt Cassel at the beginning of the second quarter against the N.Y. Jets (12/19).
In Moore’s first career start, did not yield a sack on 31 attempts as the running game averaged 4.8 yards-per- carry (25 for 121) at Buffalo (12/27).
The season finale against Washington (1/3/16) saw the offense rack up a season-high 512 yards, including 435 passing yards by Moore - sixth in a game in team history.
Earned the starting job in training camp and started all 16 games at right guard to become the first rookie in club history to start every game at right guard, the fourth offensive line rookie and 14th overall rookie to notch starts in every game of his first season.
Earned a trip to the Pro Bowl - the only offensive rookie in the NFL in 2014 to make the team and the first rookie offensive lineman in team history to make the game.
Was named to the AP All-Pro team - the only rookie in the NFL in 2014 and the third rookie in club history to receive the honor. Also named to the PFWA All-NFC team.
Was a key component helping DeMarco Murray set a league record by rushing for at least 100 yards in each of the first eight games of the season and establishing a club mark with a league-best 1,845 rushing yards.
Became the first rookie in team history to start an opener at right guard and was the third rookie to start at guard. Overall, was the 10th rookie offensive lineman to start a season opener and the 41st at any position. Blocked for Murray to rush for 118 yards on 22 carries (5.4 avg.) and the team averaged 5.5 yards-per-carry.
Led the way for Murray to rush for 100 yards - his third straight 100-yard game - and did not yield a sack in Dallas’ all-time greatest come-back win (without overtime) at St. Louis (9/21).
In the win over New Orleans (9/28), blocked for 190 yards and two scores on 35 runs (5.4) and allowed Murray to rush for 149 yards and both scores on 24 carries (6.5). Murray also was only the fourth rusher with four 100-yard games with at least one touchdown in each of the first four games of a season.
Helped lead Murray to his fifth straight 100-yard performance in the overtime win against Houston (10/5). Murray joined Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1973 and 1975) as the only running backs to rush for 100 yards in each of the first five games of a season.
Allowed Murray to join Brown (1958) as the only two men in NFL history with six straight 100-yard games to open a season after Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown at Seattle (10/12).
Led Murray to his seventh straight 100-yard outing (128 yards on 28 carries with one touchdown) against the N.Y. Giants (10/19) to become the first player in NFL history with seven straight 100-yard games to open a season. The offense controlled the ball for 33:49 - the fourth game this season over 33:00, most since 1980.
In the comeback win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23), blocked for Murray’s 10th 100-yard game (121 yards) and allowed time for Romo to go 18-of-26 with 275 yards, four touchdowns no interceptions and a 143.4 rating - second in his career.
Guided Murray to his club-record tying 11th 100-yard game of the season with 179 yards - second in his career - and a touchdown in the Thursday night win at Chicago (12/4). Also protected Romo to complete 80.8% of his passes with three touchdowns, one sack and no picks for a 138.0 rating.
Despite injuring his ankle in the second quarter, finished the game at Philadelphia (12/14) and helped the offense to a season-high 41:55 possession time.
Helped Romo completed a club-record 90.0% (18-of-20) of his passes with four touchdowns and a personal-best 151.7 rating in the NFC East clinching win against Indianapolis (12/21).
In the season-ending win at Washington (12/28), allowed Murray to break the club single-season rushing record (1,845) and the club-record for 100-yard games (12), finishing with 100 yards and a touchdown. Randle added a career-long 65-yard touchdown jaunt for a team rushing total of 174 yards on 26 carries.
In the Wild Card Playoff Game against Detroit (1/4/15), blocked for Murray’s 75 rushing yards, his one-yard touchdown run and allowed Romo to throw for 293 yards, two touchdowns and 114.0 rating.
Helped block for Murray to rush for 123 yards (ninth in a postseason game in team history) and a touchdown on 25 carries (4.9) in the Divisional Playoff loss at Green Bay (1/11/15). Also allowed Romo to complete 78.9% (15-of-19) of his passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and a rating of 143.6 while allowing four sacks.
As a senior became just the 18th student-athlete in school history to become a two-time team captain and received MVP honors for his performance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Was the first offensive lineman to earn bowl MVP honors since Jay Huffman in the 1959 Liberty Bowl.
Started all 13 games as a senior left tackle and did not allow a single sack as part of an offensive line that yielded just eight sacks (second in the country).
Received second-team All-America accolades from The NFL Draft Report and Walter Camp while earning his third consecutive Guardian Award as a junior, starting every game of the season.
Was one-of-four sets of brothers on the team - his younger brother, Nick, was a reserve center.
As a sophomore, earned first-team All-Major Independent and All-American honorable mention, starting all 13 games at left tackle.
Was one of just 11 players to start all 13 games, winning his first Guardian Award as a redshirt freshman.
Had 11 starts at left tackle and two on the right side.
Redshirted as a true freshman.
Prepped at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Ind., and was named to the Best in the Midwest Team by The Detroit Free Press.
Was a first-team all-state selection as a junior and senior and named to the Bloomington Herald Times Junior All-State Team as a sophomore.
His brother, Nick, was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
Graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in management entrepreneurship in May of 2013.
He and his wife, Morgan, were married in July, 2016.
2014 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
2014 NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM® school visit.
2014-17 Home Run Derby Competition benefiting the Salvation Army.
2014-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
2015 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party host benefiting North Texas Food Bank.