He entered a collegiate game for the first time at quarterback on September 14, 1982 in a game against the University of Maine. Four years later Marty Horn was generally recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in school history. Horn would get the starting nod for good against the University of Connecticut three weeks later and would hold the position for the remainder of his career. And what a career it was! Horn set school passing records in pass completions (744), passing yardage (9,120) and touchdown passes (62) during his career, which spanned from 1982-85. His records stood for 15 years until Phil Stambaugh broke each of those records.
"The accomplishments and numbers that Marty put up as a quarterback are truly remarkable, especially when you consider the fact that his career was before the more sophisticated and high-powered passing schemes of today," Horn teammate and all-time great Lehigh wide receiver Rennie Benn says.
"Marty's greatness, along with that of Kim McQuilken and Mike Rieker, helped establish the great tradition of quarterbacks at Lehigh that we have continually seen."
Horn is one of only three Lehigh players to ever be voted Most Valuable Player of the Lehigh-Lafayette football game twice. He took home the award in 1983 after leading Lehigh to a 22-14 victory over the Leopards. As a senior in 1985 Horn again took home MVP honors after throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-19 win.
While Lehigh Athletics Hall of Famer Kim McQuilken is often credited as being the first great Lehigh passing quarterback, Horn certainly was the top gun in his era of the 1980's. He threw at least two touchdown passes 19 times in his career and seven times he threw for at least three touchdowns. Six times Horn threw for over 300 yards and twice he threw for over 400 yards. The career of Marty Horn wasn't just about statistics. He quarterbacked Lehigh to a total of five wins over archrivals Delaware and Lafayette. Twice he beat the Leopards and three times he left the field with wins over Tubby Raymond's Blue Hens. His 1983 team finished with an 8-3 record and number four ranking in the Lambert Cup. That team also finished ranked llth nationally in passing offense.
With all of these statistical and team accomplishments it was no surprise that come postseason award time, Horn's name was prominently mentioned. Horn earned Associated Press All American Honorable Mention status in both 1983 and 1985. He
also was recipient of the Big LU Award as a senior, given to the football player who best exemplifies the spirit, leadership and performance of Lehigh football. This concluded a career, which began with him earning the J. Daniel Nolan Award as the top male freshman athlete in the department.
Horn's career didn't end upon his graduation from Lehigh. He was signed to a free agent contract by the New York Jets and participated in the team's training camp before being released.
"It is a great honor to be inducted into the Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame and be included with some of the great athletes in Lehigh history," Horn said when asked about his selection. "I was fortunate to have played for a great football coach in John Whitehead and be surrounded by many great players that helped make my job easy."
Horn has remained very active in the Lehigh football program having served as the expert analyst on Lehigh's radio broadcasts for over a decade. He also serves as the President of the Lehigh Quarterback Club.
Horn currently serves as partner in his families' two restaurants, Pals Cabin and Mayfair Farms and also is the Founder/President of Internet software company FoodGalaxy.com. Horn graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's in journalism and minor in public relations. He and his wife Diane, also a 1986 graduate of Lehigh, reside in Madison, New Jersey with their three children, son Martin, daughter Charlotte and son Shane.