Another career snapshot of Curtis Martin, who is in the running to be a first-year inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 5 in Dallas:
It wasn’t pretty, but on a slippery, sloppy, snow-filled day at the old Meadowlands stadium, Curtis Martin was at his best.
It was Dec. 14, 2003, when Martin’s hometown Pittsburgh Steelers came to town for what will always be known as “the Snow Game.” As a result of weather conditions the game ended in a 6-0 Jets victory, and it was all because of Martin’s 174 rushing yards on 30 carries.
Martin tested his footing on the wintry mix before the game to get a sense of what he and the Jets would be dealing with for 60 minutes.
“I went out there early to get used to it and try to use it to my advantage,” Martin said. “I said, ‘I’m going to get a few people today.’ I was confident I wasn’t going to slip.”
He certainly did make the Steelers miss, particularly on a 56-yard scamper that brought the Jets all the way to the Steelers 10. Martin also did damage through the air with four receptions from Chad Pennington for 54 yards, including a 29-yarder. His largest effort since racking up 203 yards in 2000 against the Colts helped set up two field goals, which proved to be enough to beat Pittsburgh.
Martin passed John Riggins for 11th place on the all-time rushing list that Sunday and little did he know that his best season (2004) was still head of him and that eventually he’d become the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the day, however, was the fact that Martin eclipsed 1,000 yards for the ninth straight season to start his career, a feat achieved only once before in NFL history, by Barry Sanders.
“It is something that I feel good about,” Martin said. “I’m not big on statistics and individual goals, but this one is special to me. I’m only the second person in the world to do this.”
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