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A retired New York Giant is walking through Knoxville today as part of a larger journey.

George Martin is spending nearly six months walking across America to raise money for 9/11 charities.

A defensive end and co-captain of the New York Giants Super Bowl-winning team in 1986, Martin started his walk, called “A Journey for 9/11,” to raise money and awareness of health issues of recovery workers and the first responders at the World Trade Center tragedy.

“As a transplanted New Yorker, it’s a blending of two passions that I have,” Martin said.

Martin, a Greenville, S.C. native, said he’s always wanted to walk across the country and loves the outdoors. Raising money for charities also allows him a chance to give back.

Martin arrived in Knoxville Monday night and walked along Magnolia and Western Avenues toward Oak Ridge on Tuesday. He estimates his walk through Tennessee will take about 40 days.

He’s traveling with three other men and the weather has not slowed them down much.

“We did get drenched a little bit earlier,” Martin said.

If it thunders this afternoon, the group will break for the day and start again Wednesday morning.

Martin’s walk began on Sept. 16 at the George Washington Bridge in New York and will conclude at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in February or March.

To date, Martin has raised just over $1.4 million and hopes to reach $10 million when he finishes.

For his efforts, Martin will be awarded the second Heisman Humanitarian Award in December by the Heisman Trophy Trust

Giant Walks For 9/11

*Submitted By Olbroad*

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