Bryson Martin started playing football when he was 5 years old. He played quarterback.
Seven years later, Martin is still playing football. And the 12-year-old seventh grader from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Tampa, Fla., is still playing the same position.
“My first season playing football, they put me at quarterback,” Martin said. “I liked it right away and I kind of just stuck with it. As I kept playing and I learned more about the position, I liked playing quarterback even more.”
As he’s continued to learn, Martin has continued to make impressive strides under center. “What I really like about playing quarterback is you get to lead the team and you can take control of the offense,” he said.
Playing for the Westchase Colts in the TBYFL (Tampa Bay Youth Football League), Martin has helped his team get off to a perfect 5-0 start this season. Splitting time at QB, he threw 4 touchdown passes in the first 5 games.
“I’m really happy with the way the season is going,” Martin said. “Our team is having a lot of fun and we have a lot of chemistry. Last year, we played together and we all get along and play as a team.”
Martin primarily passes when he is on the field, and that’s a big reason why the Colts are off to such a promising start.
“As a quarterback, I think I have throwing power and I also have the ability to throw the ball on the run,” Martin said. “I’m working on my accuracy and staying in the pocket more.”
To contine strengthening his strong points and improve his shortcomings, Martin’s been training with NFA the past two years. “(Coach) Darin Slack’s speeches have really helped me,” he said. “NFA has helped me with my mechanics. And learing the R4 system has been really good.”
Martin was invited to the Duel in the summer of 2015, and he placed sixth in his age group. “I really enjoyed the first one, but I didn’t do as well as I wanted to in the Gauntlet,” he said.
This past summer, Martin returned to the Duel and placed in the Top 5 among incoming seventh graders. “That was my goal, and I was really happy,” he said.
Performing so well in NFA’s showcase event gave Martin an added boost heading into his season with Westchase.
“It made me think about what my future can be as a quarterback,” he said. “It’s good to see all the other kids that go to the Duel, see how they’re doing. We’re the same age and it’s a really good competition. To go to the Duel and do well, it helps build your confidence.”