Zack Martin’s Reaction to Being a First-Time Team Captain: “I’ll Lead by Example”
For the first time in his NFL career, four-time Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin will sport a fancy new accessory on his game day uniform: a patch with the letter “C” designating him as one of five team captains for the 2018 season.
Martin and punter Chris Jones were voted by teammates earlier this week as new captains replacing Jason Witten (offense) and Dan Bailey (special teams), respectively. The three other team captains are Dak Prescott (offense), Sean Lee (defense), and Tyrone Crawford (defense).
“It’s a huge honor, obviously, to have your teammates vote for you,” Martin told 5 Points Blue. “I’ll just continue to do what I’ve been doing and that’s lead by example. I can be more vocal, but I think a big reason I was voted and my greatest strength as a leader is being an example and being a consistent guy. I have to be the same guy day-in and day-out. So, I’ll continue doing that and be there for my teammates when they need me.”
In addition to walking to mid-field prior to kickoff for the coin toss, what other responsibilities does Martin take on as captain?
“I don’t really understand yet all that’s involved with the extra responsibilities because this is new to me,” he laughs. “But I’m open to anything that comes with being a captain. The great thing is we’ve got so many guys on this team, so many leaders on this team, it’s not just the captains. Again, this is a great honor and it means a lot to me.”
Martin’s first-time election as team captain came as no surprise to center Travis Frederick.
“Zack is a no-brainer as far as the choice of captain goes,” says Frederick. “He’s the guy that gets put on film a lot to show exactly how you approach the game as a Dallas Cowboy. He’s the guy that represents us with everything that he does on-and-off the field.
“It’s a proud moment for me to have somebody in our group of offensive linemen, especially, Zack, recognized as one of the leaders of the team. Our group has been such a rock to lean on. To have a vocal guy that comes out and can be a positive influence on the team, that’s going to be great for us.”