Former Ohio State football player Tate Martell has not had the college football career that he thought he would when he came out of high school.
After being a four-star recruit out of Las Vegas, he was looked at as the next big star at Ohio State, but as soon as Justin Fields transferred in, he went out. Martell left for Miami, but did not really do much as he currently he is on the UNLV Rebels with this likely being his final shot.
At least this time around, he can actually make some money if he does not make it to the NFL. The 23-year-old has reportedly become a brand ambassador for “It’s Just Wings”, a virtual brand that operates out of more than 1,050 kitchens in the United States.
Martell will be “outfitted with It’s Just Wings attire and will leverage their social media and on-campus presence to promote the brand and share exclusive offers with fellow students.”
On TikTok, he revealed that he almost decided to leave football all together.
“The schools I was talking to randomly stopped talking to me once I told them I had surgery on my thumb,” Martell wrote in a series of slides on the TikTok post. “I hit rock bottom about a year ago and was going to quit football. Decided one random day to leave Miami and come home and train. Dedicated all my time to graduating, getting in the best shape of my life and changing myself as a person.
“Then two months ago I had surgery on my thumb, thought everything I worked to become was for nothing. UNLV still gave me the opportunity to play for them. I’m extremely grateful. I’m continuing to recover from surgery and work everyday with my teammates.”
UNLV lost its season opener in overtime to Eastern Washington.