View Full Version : Curtis Martin Retrospective

07-25-2007, 02:16 PM
Curtis Martin has been my favorite non-Steelers player for a number of years now, so I thought I'd post this. Good luck to you, Curtis.

Martin's Success a Matter of Mind Over Muscle

With running back Curtis Martin expected to announce his retirement soon, NFL Network's Adam Schefter shares his thoughts on Martin's career.

(July 24, 2007) -- In games that are won mainly with muscle, Curtis Martin distinguished himself with his mind.

The NFL's fourth all-time leading rusher behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders, Martin was the Thinking Man's Running Back.

He measured every move, whether it was becoming the marquee player to switch franchises in the heated Border War between the New England Patriots and New York Jets, or choosing which holes to hit.

Veterans knew how smart Martin was. Rookies found out in June, at their annual symposium, where Martin was one of the featured speakers.

Curtis Martin's sharp mind helped him to record 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons.
When one rookie asked Martin for a piece of advice for a long successful career, the Jets running back offered this: Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment, which Martin proved with the discipline he demonstrated in his offseason workouts that led to the accomplishment of five Pro Bowl selections.

Martin also told the rookies: Don't sacrifice what you wish for most for what you wish for now. Martin never sacrificed what he wanted most, which was a reputation as impressive as his career statistics.

And he started building them from the day he took the field. In his very first NFL game in 1995, Martin ran for 102 yards against the Cleveland Browns. Of course, right after the game, then-New England coach Bill Parcells cautioned reporters not to make too much of his running back, challenging Martin by dubbing him "a one-game wonder."

But all these seasons later, it's clear that Martin was not a one-game wonder. He was an 11-year wonder. Soon, New York loses both its great running backs, Tiki Barber and Martin.

New York might never have two backs quite like this again. That, unlike so much Martin did, doesn't require a lot of thought.

Curtis Martin (http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/10267257)

Black@Gold Forever32
07-25-2007, 02:26 PM
A true class act Curtis Martin is.....My aunt worked with Curtis Martin's cousin......So I was able to meet Curtis Martin through my aunt's connection....I still have the autographed card Martin signed for me....A very cool guy......

07-25-2007, 03:09 PM
It's too bad that he's not going out with a roar like Bettis did. Martin was a classy back and a great talent.

07-25-2007, 03:14 PM
His stats says it all about the young man... gotta love someone that just plays the game, never hear bad things about him and he rushed for 1,000 yards how many years in a row.. like 11? Thats awesome and 4th alltime... very respectable

07-25-2007, 09:02 PM
He'll be in the HoF in five years.

Class act,football needs more of them.The sport will miss him,that's for sure.

Good luck on the rest of your career Curtis.

The Duke
07-25-2007, 09:14 PM
This guy is a first ballot hall of famer and a great example to today's great runningbacks

07-25-2007, 10:31 PM
I smell Hall of Fame Martin!

Livinginthe past
07-26-2007, 01:27 AM
Yeah, everyone loves Curtis...myself included.

He's always given 100% - I would have loved for him to get a ring with the Patriots, but it wasn't to be.

Genuine high quality RB, in all senses.

Good luck to him.

07-26-2007, 07:13 AM
Congrats to Curtis on his retirement. He had a great carrier. NFL Hall of Famer in my book.

07-26-2007, 08:40 PM

07-26-2007, 08:43 PM
This guy is a first ballot hall of famer and a great example to today's great runningbacks


07-26-2007, 09:35 PM

Very interesting. Maybe he can own the Jets?

Livinginthe past
07-27-2007, 04:23 AM
Very interesting. Maybe he can own the Jets?

I think Tom Brady already does :wink02:

07-27-2007, 09:12 AM
Mark another one down in the HOF and who is also a Pittsburgh area native. Enjoy retirement Curtis.

The Duke
07-27-2007, 10:27 AM
I think Tom Brady already does :wink02:

Thought he owned the bills :toofunny: