COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former NIACC football player and current NFL record holder MarTay Jenkins was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame last month.
Jenkins, a native of Waterloo, was a two-time All-Region XI performer for NIACC in the mid-1990's. He was a key player on the Trojans' RC Cola Bowl team in 1993, catching a 74-yard touchdown pass in a 43-20 win over Harper (IL).
Jenkins then transferred to then-NCAA DII-school Nebraska-Omaha and sat out a season due to injury before recording 102 receptions for 2,268 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns during two seasons with the Mavericks. His talents landed him a spot in the high profile Blue vs. Grey All-Star Game, despite the fact the event is billed as a showcase of Division I players.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys but was released during training camp only to be picked up by the Arizona Cardinals. Jenkins would play four seasons with Arizona primarily as a kick-return specialist.
In December of 2000, Jenkins set two NFL records in a 44-10 Cardinals loss to Jacksonville. He broke the record for kickoff returns in a season (finishing the season with 82) and kickoff return yards in a season (finishing with 2,186). In 2001 he caught 32 passes for 518 yards and three touchdowns in addition to racking up 1,120 yards in kickoff returns.
After brief stints in the AFL and Canadian Football League, Jenkins founded Stand Out Sports, which is an athletic training company in Arizona.
Jenkins is the second NIACC football player to be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. Shawn Harper, a former NFL player who was an offensive lineman for the Trojans in the late 80's, was among the first players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after it opened in 1995.