Rookie Reaction: Q&A with WR Charly Martin

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SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler snags an exclusive Q&A with San Diego Chargers rookie Charly Martin. The receiver out West Texas A&M explains why he signed with the Chargers and details what he must do to stick around.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Martin talks about putting up big numbers at West Texas A&M, fitting into the Chargers' offense and learning from veterans Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson -- click here.

Michael Kranzler: You graduated from college two years ago and have been since pursuing a graduate degree in sports business. How important has it been for you to pursue higher education?

Charly Martin: It's been huge. That was something I always had planned in my life to do. Football has made that opportunity a little easier financially and was able to provide me some more tools to get an education. When I got hurt in '05 and got a medical [redshirt], I knew that I would finish in a couple of years and have two years of eligibility left, and I really looked forward to doing that. As of now, actually, I'm only one class away; I need an internship, basically, and I'll have my Master's. So hopefully in the offseason or in the near future I'll finish that up for sure.

MK: You were also named your conference's Academic Player of the Year. Where does that award rank among all your other achievements?

CM: That award definitely meant a lot. I think to balance football and college is a task, and especially at the Div. II level. I truly believe that that's where real student-athletes come to play, because we don't have everything that's offered at a Div. I [school], budget-wise, so it means a lot. Time-management is huge, so I thought it was cool to be named both Receiver of the Year and Offensive Academic Player of the Year because it just proved that I excelled and was able to excel both on and off the field.

MK: What do you feel are your biggest strengths as a wide receiver?

CM: The first way that I always answer that question is my hands. I think I have a natural knack for catching the football, and that just comes naturally to me. And then second, not as a receiver, but just my work ethic. I think that's one of the reasons that I have this opportunity today to play in the NFL, and it got me through six years of college football at a Div. II school. I just pride myself on outworking everyone, and I think that carries over to everything I do as a receiver as far as the mental side of the game as well as the physical.

MK: What do you think you need to work on the most to be successful in the NFL?

CM: You know, I think just being able to adjust to everything I would say, through my first experiences in Mini Camp and now the OTAs, is really mentally. Physically, I feel that I could contribute and help this team win and play, but I think mentally I have a lot of work to do. It's a different animal; it requires perfection and you have to be perfect on every opportunity you're given. I think just getting up to speed with the offense, learning the new terminology and just learning how everything operates at this level is definitely the biggest adjustment.

MK: What appeals to you the most about coming to a team like the Chargers?

CM: I think just the opportunity that was given to me to make a roster. I had some other offers in free agency but the Chargers offensive scheme, their coaching staff, I really like the way they do things. To me, it's a class-act organization, it's the way an organization should be run, so that was exciting. But football-wise, I just thought that this would be a good place where I could fit in, there's a great group of receivers that I could learn from, that could mentor me and get me where I need to be.

To read Part II of this interview -- where Martin talks about putting up big numbers at West Texas A&M, fitting into the Chargers' offense and learning from veterans Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson -- click here.

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