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Martin Threw 2 Passes, Both on the Money

Posted by Nick Gallo on January 29, 2011 – 10:57 am

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:

Here’s a list of the starting quarterbacks that Curtis Martin played alongside during his Jets and Patriots careers: Vinny Testaverde, Glenn Foley, Ray Lucas, Rick Mirer, Chad Pennington, Quincy Carter, Brooks Bollinger, Scott Zolak and Drew Bledsoe. During that stretch from 1995-2005 when Martin was active, none of these quarterbacks could say what he could — that they had a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

In the 2000 season and again in 2001, the Jets’ No. 28 threw the ball once for an 18-yard touchdown pass to WR Wayne Chrebet. For his career that makes Martin 2-for-2 for 36 yards and two TDs. Not a bad statistic to go along with the fourth-most rushing yards in NFL history.

The two games in which he threw those passes couldn’t have been any different. The first touchdown pass was the game-winning score in the fourth quarter of the “Flashlight Game” when the 3-0 Jets visited the 3-0 Buccaneers. In the week before that game, Buccaneer wideout and former Jet Keyshawn Johnson referred to himself as a “star” and Chrebet as a “flashlight”.

Martin, who had 120 yards rushing and receiving, had already caught a touchdown pass from Testaverde to bring the Jets within three points with 1:54 to play. Martin then put the Jets ahead for good, 21-17, with his strike in the back of the end zone to Chrebet with 52 seconds left. Afterwards, Key and Curt gave a hug at midfield, as the photo in our centerpiece captures.

A little more than a year later, back in Martin’s hometown of Pittsburgh, the 7-4 Jets faced the 9-2 Steelers in a game that could have drastically improved the Green & White’s playoff status with a victory. Unfortunately, the home team dominated the day, but the highlight for the Jets was Martin’s touchdown pass to Chrebet, which resulted in their only points of the night as they fell 18-7.

Regardless of the outcome, Martin, who had 87 yards rushing and receiving, proved in two important contests that he could be relied on to be a weapon not only on the ground, but also through the air.


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14 Responses to “Martin Threw 2 Passes, Both on the Money”

  1. By IRA on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    Love reading about these plays of the past. Wonder if having LT throw a pass near the goaline ever entered their minds?

  2. By jetrooney on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    in that game keyshawn johnson one catch for one yard….some star

  3. By Rich on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    I could swear that 28 threw an interception to Ray Lewis in the end zone at the stadium….Not taking anything away from” my favorite martin”…Loved to watch him break those long runs….The classiest, most professional,fun to watch running back for the NYJ……

  4. By Randy Lange on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rich, might you be thinking of LaMont Jordan’s option-pass interception returned by Ed Reed from the end zone for 78 yards on Nov. 14, 2004, at the old Meadowlands stadium?

  5. By IRA on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yes that Ravens game was the Q. Carter game. Didn’t he start out red hot passing in that game?

  6. By Randy Lange on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    That’s right, Ira, Quincy Carter was 8-for-8 passing for 132 yards in the first half but finished 13-for-22 for 175 in the 20-17 overtime loss.

  7. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    Keyshawn’s attitude still bothers me, what a bust he was compared to the hype. Never stopped talking and never learned how to strike fear into a DB past about ten yards downfield. To some extent my whole crusade about deep-threat WRs is very much based on the pick and the time we wasted on him. Things got better with the younger, faster Coles and Dedric Ward, who we should never have let go, but things hit a low point when even with Favre the older, slower Coles and J-Co both averaged 11 yds p/catch. Only 2 WR combos we’ve had are in SH and BE’s league, Maynard and Sauer and Walker and Toon and anyone with a sense of Jet history, like Rex, knows it. Which is why I think we’ll make a huge effort to sign ‘em both.

  8. By GaryC on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, you forgot to mention the combo of clowney and allison on your wide receiver duos.now seriously, another receiver who was very underrated and has to be mentioned was derrick gaffney..

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 29, 2011 | Reply

    My remarks on deep-threat WRs are nothing against Chrebet, of course, who was the best short-yardage guy we ever had, kind of like Welker before there was Welker. Plus he was deceptively fast and able to get deep as well, not like Keyshawn who was blessed with speed but often ran poor routes, was lazy, had an attitude even before he’d done anything much in the pros, etc.

  10. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ha, GaryC, you’re never gonna let me hear the end of it on Clowney, I can see that now! I’d still like to give Allison another chance…and maybe even Clowney, too…yeah, Gaffney was damn good.

  11. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 30, 2011 | Reply

    Richard Caster and Eddie Bell, too — back in the days when we had a QB who could throw deep, an OC that let him do it, and a HC who wasn’t inclined to rail at the defense for the crime of allowing 10 points.

  12. By GaryC on Jan 30, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, it is funny you bring up eddie, the flea,bell.every now and then someone puts up a magazine on ebay that has eddie the flea on cover. that has to be a rare magazine.

  13. By GaryC on Jan 30, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I plead the fifth on clowney, everytime I want to erase this guy from my memory you bring him up like a bad habit,move on from this guy. we have bigger fish to fry.did you watch any of the senior bowl yesterday. that guy kerrigan looks awfully good.too bad he will be gone before we pick.I like what Mr.Garcia,one of the posters said about looking at the SEC when it comes to talent.

  14. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 31, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, GaryC, I saw a little of the Senior Bowl, had to catch up on work left over from the last few weeks’ of obsessing on the Jets. But Kerrigan and a few other guys I’ve heard mentioned looked good, I hope this guy Jordan that some have us picking isn’t — believe it or not — too small to play DL for us at only 287! I agree with Mr. Garcia about the SEC, too. That was also one of the reasons me and the long-missing Ranger 46 wanted Ainge to get a good shot, though that doesn’t seem to matter now…

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