40 Under 40: Mike Martin '08

After four years of football and graduation from the University of Michigan, Mike was drafted by the Tennessee Titans as the 82nd overall pick. He started for five years and ended his career in 2016 with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Mike knew football was a means to an end, so after earning his MBA, he became a financial advisor. He’s been in business for two years and has made great progress. He approaches every client in the same way: to preserve, protect, and grow their assets as if they were his own.

“The CC motto of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge was something I didn’t understand when I walked through the front door as a freshman. I didn’t know the impact it would have on me and how accurate the motto would be in the fabric of who I am. I had many coaches, teachers, and role models in my time at CC who were integral to my success. They were men and women who took a vested interest in my development as a young man because they truly cared about me. People like Aaron Babicz ’93, Gene Grewe, Fr. Ward, C.S.B.,Tom Mach, Coach Rod, and Mitch Hancock all had a part in making me into the person I am today. I am grateful for my time at Catholic Central and look forward to being involved in the school’s continued growth and evolution throughout the coming years.”

Favorite memory: My senior year was the best time I had during my four years. The DRIVE, Boys’ Bowl, senior smoke day, and the brotherhood that we created was the best time. There are endless stories, but being selected as team captain in all the sports I was involved in really meant a lot to me because of the leadership role for which I took responsibility. It was about setting the example through action, not just talk.

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“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.