Nebraska Football: A Farewell to Taylor Martinez

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor INovember 11, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) watches warmups before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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The farewell tour for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has begun.

However, it's ending much differently than anyone expected.

During Monday's press conference, head coach Bo Pelini confirmed many fans' suspicions.

Pelini discussed Martinez's injuries with the Associated Press, as reported via ESPN:

Asked on Monday about the possibility of Martinez playing again this season, coach Bo Pelini said, "I don't know if the chances are real good."

Martinez has been limited to four games because of injuries to his shoulder, hip, abdomen and foot. Pelini said the injuries to the second and third toes on his left foot have not "gotten much better."

It's a hard reality for the senior.

After five years with the Huskers, no one saw it ending this way. While Pelini didn't say it was officially the end, the chances of the veteran returning are slim.

Martinez injured his foot against UCLA on Sept. 14. Since then, it's been a rocky road.

Returning against Minnesota, Martinez's injuries were prevalent. Despite one 35-yard run, the senior was clearly limited in his abilities. Many questioned Pelini's decision to play the senior.

The Huskers ended up losing, which left fans wondering if the Huskers could have won without him.

However, Pelini was clear the loss didn't fall entirely on Martinez, as reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.

Regardless, it is quite possibly the last game fans will remember Martinez by.

It's not the way the senior should be remembered, either.

Martinez never fully reached the potential expected of him at Nebraska. Many believed over the years that he would eventually be a Heisman contender.

In fact, the 'Taylor Martinez for Heisman' Facebook page still has over 17,000 fans. As reported by The Examiner, Pelini even touched on the idea that Martinez could win some awards for his senior season.

That's what makes this news so tough.

Martinez faced his fair share of scrutiny over the years. His throwing technique was even nicknamed 'The Arm Punt' by Bleacher Report's own Adam Kramer. While bizarre-looking, Martinez's mechanics often did accomplish what they needed to.

There were difficult losses, though, and plenty of losses that Martinez took the blame for.

There were also games where he left his competitors in the dust.

One of Martinez's shining moments will be the 2011 matchup with Ohio State. Coming back from a giant deficit, Martinez helped lead Nebraska to a big win in its inaugural Big Ten season.

That's something to remember the quarterback by.

Fans will remember Martinez for a lot of reasons. Some will remember him fondly, while some will not.

In the end, it will be a sad way to see a senior's career end. After so much time at Nebraska, the hopes were much higher for Martinez.

He may have never reached his full potential, but his name will still be plastered all over the Nebraska record books. That's something that can't be erased.

Nebraska's Senior Day is still a few weeks away. Knowing Martinez will likely walk onto Tom Osborne Field one final time in street clothes is not how anyone saw it ending.

Regardless of how fans react, it's a disappointing end to a long career.

It's an end the senior never deserved.


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