Hired by Head Coach Matt LaFleur on May 6, 2020, Ruvell Martin joins the Packers' coaching staff through the club's minority coaching fellowship program, a full-time position for young and aspiring minority coaches. In this newly created role, Martin will work with the offense and assist with the wide receivers during his yearlong fellowship.
Martin (first name is pronounced ROO-vell) played seven seasons at wide receiver in the NFL for the Packers (2006-08), St. Louis Rams (2009), Seattle Seahawks (2010) and Buffalo Bills (2011-12). He registered 76 receptions for 1,129 yards (14.9 avg.) with seven touchdowns in 82 regular-season games played. Martin also appeared in two postseason contests with one start for the Seahawks, recording two receptions for 28 yards (14.0 avg.). Originally entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers on April 30, 2004, Martin was allocated to NFL Europe in 2005 where he helped the Amsterdam Admirals win the World Bowl after leading the league in receiving yards (679) and receiving TDs (12).
Following his NFL career, Martin started a career in real estate that included investing in both residential and commercial real estate and becoming a broker. He owned a real-estate team, RM82, and became a partner in Costello REI, the second-fastest-growing real-estate firm in the Charlotte, N.C., area.
Martin appeared in 50 games with 38 starts in four seasons at Saginaw Valley State (2000-03), recording 174 receptions for 2,313 yards (13.3 avg.) and 21 TDs. He earned first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 2003 (54 catches for 632 yards and five TDs) and second-team recognition as a junior in 2002 (47 catches for 732 yards and nine TDs).
As a senior, Martin helped lead SVSU to its first outright conference championship since 1984 as the Cardinals finished with a 10-0 record in the GLIAC. He teamed with LaFleur as his quarterback in three of his four seasons as a Cardinal (2000-02). With LaFleur as the starting QB, Martin led the team in receptions in 2001 and 2002 and paced the Cardinals in receiving TDs with seven in 2001.
Born Aug. 10, 1982, in Muskegon, Mich., Martin earned all-state honors and was a two-time all-conference selection as a quarterback at Muskegon Catholic Central High School. Martin and his wife, Michelle, reside in Green Bay with their four daughters, Kennedy, 15, Jumana, 13, Lila, 10, and Gia, 6.