Marty Zendejas, a Wolf Pack Hall of Famer and the all-time leading scorer in program history, died this week in Southern California, according to the Nevada football program.
Zendejas, 54, kicked for Nevada from 1984-87 and was a three-time All-American. His brother, Tony, also played for Nevada before an NFL career.
A native of Chino Hills, Calif., Marty Zendejas earned All-America honors from 1984-86. He was a three-time first-team All-Big Sky honoree and became the Big Sky career-leading scorer with 385 points, breaking that mark during his junior year. He made 80 percent of his career field goals (72-of-90) and did not have a field goal blocked in four seasons at Nevada.
He still holds the Nevada career records for kick scoring, field goals and points after touchdown (169-of-171). Zendejas played briefly in the Arena Football League and went on to own restaurants in Southern California with Tony.
According to Patrick Healy, a reporter for NBC 4 in Los Angeles, Zendejas was slain early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a hotel in Chino Hills, Calif. The arrested suspect was identified by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. as Ivan Mejia, 44.
Zendejas' coach at Nevada, Chris Ault, released the following statement through the Wolf Pack athletic department.
I’m having a very difficult time with Marty’s death, I can only imagine the devastation to the entire Zendejas family. At a time like this I can only recall all the great times I and my teams enjoyed with Marty. He was a dynamic All-American place kicker for the Wolf Pack following his brother Tony’s footsteps. It would be hard to find any University in the country in which two brothers would leave such a lasting and indelible mark on a football program as they did. I was very proud when Marty was inducted into the University of Nevada Football Hall of Fame, a distinction that will pay tribute to his lasting legacy.
I vividly recall Marty had a personality that matched his football talent. In some subtle way he will always be a part of the Ault family, and I’m sure his memory will bring nothing but smiles and wonderful memories to all his Wolf Pack teammates.
Kathy’s and my prayers, thoughts and love go out to Marty and the entire Zendejas family.