While most people have been shocked to hear that an NFL player — let alone a 315-pound offensive lineman — could be treated the way Richie Incognito allegedly treated Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, Martin’s high school football coach does not seem all that surprised. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday, Vic Eumont discussed the situation involving his former player.
Eumont, who coached Martin at an upscale private school in California called Harvard-Westlake, said he can understand why Martin would have trouble adapting to the NFL culture.
“Before he wasn’t around Nebraska, LSU kind of guys,” Eumont explained. “He’s always been around Stanford, Duke, Rice kind of players. … In locker rooms full of Nebraska, LSU, Southern Cal players, Miami players, they’ll look at (his quiet personality) as a weakness.”
In other words, Eumont feels the guys from schools like Nebraska — where Incognito played — are a bit more rugged. Martin, who went to Stanford to play football despite being accepted into Harvard Law School, is more of the polite, quiet type.