Former Pittsburgh Steelers Player, NFL Executive Has Died

Former Steelers safety Paul Martha passed away last weekend. He was 80 years old. 

Martha, who played college football at Pittsburgh, was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 1964 NFL Draft. That same year, the Bills selected him in the ninth round of the AFL Draft.

In six seasons with the Steelers, Martha had 15 interceptions and seven forced fumbles. He finished his NFL career by spending one season on the Broncos. 

Once his NFL career ended, Martha became a lawyer in Pittsburgh. Then, in 1977, he was named the executive vice president, general counsel and CEO of the Penguins. 

In 1978, Martha made his return to the NFL as an executive vice president and general counsel for the 49ers. 

Martha was part of San Francisco’s front office for its 1981, 1984 and 1988 Super Bowl victories. 

Martha is also known for helping the NFLPA and NFL owners settle the league’s strike in 1982.

Our thoughts are with Martha’s family. 

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