TUCSON, Ariz. – Linebacker Blake Martinez spoke publicly for the first time since tearing his ACL on Sept. 26 against Atlanta. He underwent surgery and is rehabbing his knee.
Martinez is a Tucson native but did not play at the state – and local - university.
"I have my bittersweet moments here – they didn't want me to play here, so went to Stanford and became smart," Martinez said with a smile. "But no, it's good. I've been kind of the tour guide showing people around, showing them good spots to eat and things like that."
Martinez said his rehab is going well.
"I'm feeling good," he said. "Just kind of working out every day, trying to stay consistent, working with the training staff and strength staff, making sure I make improvements. Keep working through it.
"Right now, it's just progressing. There are certain checkpoints and things like that, but as you can see, I'm able to start walking. Things like moving, bodyweight work in the training room, nothing heavy or anything. It's been good to finally – mentally for me – to be able to do stuff like that again."