…And now for something sports-related at Columbia that’s just straight-up awesome: Josh Martin, who was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, sits down with Kansas rep Zachary Hendrickson to talk about being a free agent, a band nerd, and successful in general.
Bwog: First of all, congratulations! What did it feel like, being signed by an NFL team?
Martin: It was pretty crazy, man. Obviously, you put a lot of work in throughout your football career. I started playing in high school, continued here at Columbia, and I’ve seen how that work has accumulated into this one – I wouldn’t say final event – but big step in my football career and toward my life as a professional athlete.
Bwog: So you’re are an undrafted free agent, correct? …What does that mean?
Martin: An undrafted free agent is pretty much what it sounds like. I wasn’t drafted. In the draft they gather the rookies for the upcoming season to compete and try to make the teams. I wasn’t selected in that process. So, basically, the leftover guys become undrafted free agents, and I was lucky enough to get signed by a team.
Bwog: What made you choose the Chiefs?
Martin: When it came down to it, the Chiefs offered the best opportunity. They have a new coaching staff, and they have really talented guys at both Outside Linebacker positions (which is what I think they’ll have me playing as). We’ll see what happens! They showed me a lot of love throughout the whole process, especially leading up to the draft. Ultimately, I just felt more comfortable with the Chiefs.