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10 things you might not know about Zack Martin, like why he was nicknamed 'The Butcher'

Zack Martin came to the Cowboys and immediately established himself as an anchor on the offensive line. He was rewarded by getting a six-year, $84 million contract extension recently. Here are 10 things you might not know about him.1. Top recruit

According to Rivals, Martin was ranked as a four-star recruit coming out of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, where he won two state championships. Rivals ranked him as the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana. He chose to go to Notre Dame over offers from Michigan, Stanford, UCLA, Virginia, Northwestern and Illinois.

Martin ranked as the 22nd best offensive tackle in Rivals' 2009 class. Other notable tackles in the class included: D.J. Fluker (ranked as the top tackle), Michael Schofield (ranked 18th) and Taylor Lewan (ranked 16th).

2. His interesting nickname

According to, Martin was nicknamed "The Butcher" for his aggressive style of basketball during his sophomore and junior years. If he was called "The Butcher" in basketball...what was he like in football?

3. Mom his biggest critic

Read the full article at Dallas Morning News