Sunday, August 5, 2012

Curtis Martin enters Hall of Fame with powerful presentation

For 11 seasons in the NFL, Curtis Martin was one of the games most unassuming professional athletes. He wasn't as flashy as his peers, Barry Sanders, Emmit Smith, Marshall Faulk and Jerome Bettis; yet he turned out a career built on toughness as he ran his way to fourth on the all-time rushing list with 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns.

While he started his career as a New England Patriot, as one can argue his best days were in New England, Martin will always be remembered as a New York Jet. He came to Gang Green in 1998, as a restricted free agent to be reunited with his old coach Bill Parcells.

Together Martin and Parcells spearheaded one of the fastest turnarounds in the NFL, turning a 1-15 team in 1996 to 12-4 with an appearance in the AFC title game in 1998. Martin turned in eight solid seasons in a Jets uniform, rushing for 1,000 yards in each of his seasons in Green. As he grew older, Martin went from being a speed back to a punishing runner who churned out yards and ate up clock for New York.

While the Jets may have had a revolving door at quarterback during the late 90's and early to mid 2000's, Martin was the face of the franchise, as New York had seven winning seasons, and four playoff apperances during his stay.

Click on this video to watch Bill Parcells' introduction of Curtis into the Canton. CLICK HERE!

Then watch the best of Curtis Martin's emotional speech. CLICK HERE!

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