Mickey Martin, a junior at Nashville Christian School, was killed in a Thursday afternoon car accident in which two of his teammates were injured, according to NCS football coach and athletics director Jeff Brothers.
Senior running back/defensive back Mareio McGraw and sophomore two-way lineman Brant Lawless were passengers in the vehicle, in which Martin lost control and left the road near his Joelton home following practice.
McGraw and Lawless were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, treated and released.
“He had a personality bigger than life,” Brothers said regarding Martin, who had 15 interceptions during his freshman and sophomore seasons and scored seven touchdowns last fall. “He was loved by everybody. An incredible talent, gifted in everything he tried, a difference-maker. He was a great teammate, loved his teammates, loved his school. He was known throughout Nashville and respected by everybody we played.”
Martin also played basketball and baseball at Nashville Christian.
His father, Mike Martin, was a longtime youth coach in the Joelton area and operated Martin’s & Bailey’s Wrecker Service and Mike’s Custom Towing. Mike Martin died following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on New Year’s Day 2012.
“We went to church with Mickey and he and my daughter, Kacy, were friends,” said Chip Sullivan, Hunters Lane athletics director. “I had the pleasure to see him play ball growing up and develop into an outstanding athlete. He was the kind of young man you wanted your son or daughter to be friends with. A magnetic smile and personality.”