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In celebration of Black History Month, the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture showcases some significant individuals within our community. The features will appear in the Times Record News each Sunday in February.

Margie J. Reese, For the Times Record News

Markelle Martin is a gentle giant.

He enters the room with a calm spirit signaling both power and humility. Markelle is a 2008 graduate of S.H. Rider High School and following his collegiate career as a member of the Oklahoma State University football team, he was drafted into the NFL by the Tennessee Titans.

The mental and physical stamina required to meet the challenges of playing professional football are attributes that he uses today as a teacher and assistant football coach in the Burkburnett School District.