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Curtis Brings His Lunchpail, Feasts on Colts

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 26, 2011 – 2:09 pm

Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:

On Dec. 3, 2000, the 8-4 Jets were in need of just a few more wins to make the playoffs. When the  Indianapolis Colts (7-5), then their AFC East rivals, came to town, Curtis Martin knew that he and the Jets needed to make a statement.

On the Friday before the game, Martin and quarterback Vinny Testaverde gave the team a heartfelt speech after practice. The generally quiet Martin lit a fire and then sparked a 27-17 victory at the Meadowlands with a franchise-record rushing effort.

“I do more talking than what it appears,” Martin said after the game. “When it’s necessary, I’m not a guy who wastes words. I speak when I need to.”

Martin also rolled for a career-high and Jets-franchise record 203 rushing yards on 30 carries. During the first half alone he ran for 152 yards, including 93 second-quarter yards. Martin’s consistency and ability to move the chains helped the Jets muster 26 first downs for the game, 11 on the ground, and eat up a whopping 41:25 of the game clock against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Not only did Martin bruise through the offensive line with power but he also did it with speed and style, as he ripped off runs of 55 yards and 36 yards in the first half, which helped boost his average to 6.8 yards per carry on the day.

No. 28′s most important work, however, came in the fourth quarter as the Green & White’s 20-0 lead had dwindled to 20-17. Taking advantage of an Indianapolis turnover, Martin ran over right tackle for a 2-yard touchdown with 3:17 to go that put the game out of reach.

“The thing that I am happy about is I feel I had a major part in this win,” Martin said. “We brought our lunchpails to work and we worked hard on the running game and it paid off.”


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6 Responses to “Curtis Brings His Lunchpail, Feasts on Colts”

  1. By IRA on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I remember that game like it was yesterday. It was a 4 pm start and real cold. Curtis was at his best that night. No i am wrong. Curtis was at his best and gave his best every time he stepped onto the field.

  2. By jetrooney on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    i still have news clippings from this game. I was there as well and remember thinking about how essential this guy was to the jets at the time

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    There’s a great old movie that starts with a wise old man, speaking over imagery of his youth, saying, “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.” Yeah, like running when you need a crucial TD, like we did with Martin, McNeil, Riggins, Boozer, Snell…

  4. By Jey San on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    We need another back like Martin. He better make it in to the HOF this year.

  5. By sal on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I have been watching this team since 68, the 70′s were horrible, in the eighties with the good teams I remember the teams either winning the game in the first half and there was a run of the wins coming in the second half, sort of like the team this year, wins like that Iam sure are like a rush for the players, chest pains for the fans but both style ended up w/ the season coming to an end usually early in the playoffs if they made it. Point is one talk somebody had to give the 2010 version of the Jets was to play and most importantly coach for 4 qtrs, Now the players and the fans have to wait yet another year, thats if they make it!

  6. By SALLY T on Jan 27, 2011 | Reply

    it is a shame, had curtis martin been able to stay healthy for 3 mores seasons, he had a shot of catching emmitt smith for the all time rushing yardage.he retired at 32 yrs old.

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