Former New York Giants defensive end George Martin was elected chief executive officer and president of NFL Alumni, Inc., on Wednesday. Martin spent his entire 14-year career with the Giants before retiring in 1988, and was president of the NFL Players Association from March of 1988 to June of 1989.

The 57-year-old Martin, who also served as the NFL Alumni Association’s Executive Director since October 2009, will immediately assume his role as CEO and President of all NFL Alumni entities.

Martin says he is looking forward to the challenge ahead of further improving the quality of life issues for all former NFL players, as well as continuing to improve the success of NFL Alumni’s contributions to charity.

“I am honored to be taking on this expanded role during an historical era in the evolution of NFL Alumni,” Martin said Wednesday. “Our organization is on a new mission of improving the quality of life issues for all former NFL players. This mission will not come without its challenges; however, I am excited about our vision of positively impacting former players and their families. [Former CEO and President Frank W. Krauser’s] eighteen years of dedication and commitment to supporting children’s charities through the “Caring for Kids” campaign is remarkable. It is my intent to continually improve on NFL Alumni’s success of charitable contributions.”

Congratulations to a great Giant, and a great human being, who made the best play in the history of Giants Stadium: