Carlton Martial playing professional football in Finland

Published 9:01 am Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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Former Troy University All-American linebacker Carlton Martial is playing professional football in Finland for the Kuopio Steelers.

The Kuopio Steelers are a professional football team located in Kuopio, Finland that has been in existence since 1991. The Steelers play in the Finnish Maple League, the highest level of American football in Finland. The Steelers have won Maple League Championships in three of the last four seasons.

Martial is one of the most decorated players in Troy Football history and is the all-time leading tackler in NCAA Division I history. Martial is a three-time All-American, four-time All-Sun Belt performer, two-time Burlsworth Trophy Finalist, 2022 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and both the Troy Messenger Male Trojan of the Year in 2022 and the Sun Belt Male Athlete of the Year in 2023.

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Martial ended his Troy career with a staggering 577 total tackles, 50.5 tackles-for-loss, six interceptions, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.

In four games with the Steelers so far this season, Martial has tallied 29 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one interception and one fumble recovery. In Kuopio’s last game, Martial was named the Steeler Player of the Game after recording a season-high 12 tackles with his first career interception and fumble recovery.