Dominic Martinez is feeling big-time this week, and it’s easy to see why.
Sunnyside’s senior running back/linebacker arrived in San Antonio on Tuesday for the Football University International Bowl, which will be held Saturday night at the Alamodome.
Martinez will represent the United States against Canada in the game, which follows the US Army All-American Bowl.
“It’s really a great experience,” Martinez said Thursday via cell phone from San Antonio. “I’m staying at a nice hotel, talking to a lot of the guys in the Army All-American game. There’s a lot of talent and a lot of great coaches here and it’s just great to hear all their stories.”
Football University is an organization that puts on football camps throughout the country with former college and professional players. Martinez attended a camp in Tempe in March and caught the eye of Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Tommie Robinson, one of the coaches on site.
Robinson recommended Martinez for FBU’s Top Gun camp in Virginia; he attended the camp in July and had another strong showing.
The FBU game is made up of athletes who played well at the organization’s camps throughout the country and maintained success in the classroom.
Martinez currently has a 3.6 grade point average.
“It all didn’t hit me until (Wednesday),” Martinez said. “We had practice and then we’re at the hotel, which is right next to the Alamodome and you think about all the great athletes who have played there at some point."
Read more about Martinez in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.