The Jets now sitting on the NFL sidelines leaves us fanatics with feelings of emptiness, disappointment and frustration. Fortunately for me I have another task this week that takes my mind off the loss to the Steelers and fills me immediately with hope, determination and inspiration.
Curtis Martin has begun to make his run toward the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jets fans know that Our Favorite Martin is in the field of 15 current-era players who will be voted on in Dallas on Feb. 5, the day before Super Bowl XLV, for induction into the Canton, Ohio, shrine. The field is stacked, especially with Super Bowl-winning running backs in Marshall Faulk and Jerome Bettis.
But Martin’s achievements over his 11 playing seasons, the last eight coming in Green & White, are certainly Hall-worthy. And it would be phenomenal if Martin becomes a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the Jets’ first “home-grown” Hall member since WR Don Maynard was inducted in 1987.
One of the goals on newyorkjets.com in the next two weeks is to celebrate No. 28′s career, reminisce a little and lobby a little. We won’t have any direct influence on the 44 members of the Hall’s selection committee who will closet themselves in “the room” at their Dallas hotel and will reduce the list from 15 modern-era finalists down to 10 names, then to five, before each candidate is then voted on, yes or no, for membership.
But if we can remind anyone of Martin’s great deeds on the football field, that’s a good thing for his candidacy. And we’ll be doing a blog on some great play, game, season or phase of Curt’s career over the next 12 days. I thought we’d kick it off today just with a review of the Jets franchise career records that he holds:
Most Rushing Yards — 10,302 (second: Freeman McNeil, 8,074)
Most Rushing Attempts — 2,560 (second: McNeil, 1,798)
Most 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons — 7 (second: Thomas Jones, 3)
Most Rushing Touchdowns — 58 (second: Emerson Boozer, 52)
Most Receptions by a Running Back — 367 (second: Richie Anderson, 305)
Most Yards from Scrimmage — 12,741 (second: Don Maynard, 11,757)
Most Rushing Yards Per Game — 83.8 (second: McNeil, 56.1)
Most Scrimmage Yards Per Game — 103.6 (second: McNeil, 76.6)
Most Offensive Touches — 2,927 (second: McNeil, 2,093)
There are probably a few more esoteric records that I’ve overlooked, but you get the picture.
And we’ll present you with a few more pictures of the way he was in the next two weeks, both from our video archives and from team photographer Al Pereira. Plus we’ll be passing all this along to our Facebook Fans, with a change of our profile picture to Curtis, and to our almost 100,000 Twitter Followers, with tweets on all the Martin developments.
Plus we’ll be chatting with Curtis both here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and in Dallas after the vote. In my view you can never get too much 28, and it would be great if at the end of this two-week span we’ll be able to get even more of him in the Canton shrine and at profootballhof.com.
Feel free to leave any comments about favorite memories of Curtis, Hall of Fame best wishes, voting analysis, etc., at the bottom of this blog or any of the Martin blogs we’ll be posting in the next dozen days.
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Tags: Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, Freeman McNeil, Pro Football Hall of Fame
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