Former Husker Finds Niche In App Designing, Creates Social Media App For People With Disabilities
Taylor Martinez, former record breaking quarterback from the University of Nebraska, has found his calling, and it has nothing to do with football. Well, sort of. More on that in a second.
Martinez graduated from Nebraska after the 2013-2014 season, and he tried his hand as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, but failed a physical just two days after signing. Since then, Martinez has worked as a real estate agent, but he also has found a calling in the smartphone app-designing business. On top of developing multiple games that can be downloaded from the app stores, Martinez has recently designed a social media app that helps bring people together who have disabilities and diseases.
The app, called "Journey: A Positive Social Network," is said to be the first of its kind, where it focuses on allowing people to come together and help each other who battle physical and mental challenges in life. Martinez is hoping it will make a difference in millions of lives, while also honoring heroic people that struggle with disabilities or diseases.
So let's take a step back to earlier, when I said this "sort of" has something to do with football. In April 2013, something happened that touched the hearts of sports fans and non-sports fans when Jack Hoffman, a young Husker fan battling with brain tumors, took a handoff in the Nebraska Spring Game, and ran for a touchdown. Who was the quarterback who gave Jack the ball? Taylor Martinez. He says that Jack was the inspiration for this app, and he even features the little guy on the app's website. In the unlikely case you have never seen the video, or you just want to watch it again because it never gets old, you can find it here:
Even though Martinez is done playing football, he still uses influences from his playing days in his professional career. Not only did Jack Hoffman's run change his own life, but he has given Martinez the inspiration to change millions of other lives.
You can download the app here.