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:
One of the very few shortcomings in Curtis Martin’s game over the years was his often slow start out of the gate. But Martin made up for that in one fell swoop as he and the Jets pounced on the Bengals, 31-24, in the 2004 season opener in the Meadowlands.
“I believe so,” Martin said when asked if his rushing line that day — 196 yards on 29 carries and the Jets’ first touchdown (on a 3-yard slip-screen) and their last (24-yard run with 9:35 to play) — was the best of his career. “I just kept telling my line thanks. It feels good especially to get off to a fast start. My MO around here has been to start slow and turn it around.”
It wasn’t only the fastest start of his career but also was and remains to this day the most rushing yards compiled by any Jet on opening day in franchise history.
Coach Herm Edwards, asked if he’d ever seen Martin run as well, said: “My first year , when he ran for 15 hundred. He has that look about him right now.”
Little did Coach Herm and Curtis know. More about the end of Martin’s 2004 season in the coming days.
HOF Latest to Go to Primetime
Martin told reporters on Tuesday’s conference call that he’ll be at home on Long Island on Saturday night, “probably watching TV, doing something simple.” It’s possible he could be watching when NFL Network announces in primetime that he’s made the Class of ’11.
For the first time ever at night, the network will announce the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees, determined by the Hall’s selection committee earlier in the day, on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. “Road to Canton” will be hosted by Rich Eisen alongside Hall of Famers Steve Young, Rod Woodson and Michael Irvin, who will be joined by new inductees and current Hall members during the show.
Portions of the announcement ceremony will also be available live on NFL.com.
For the second consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Van Heusen and JCPenney to allow fans to select whom they believe should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Visit the Curtis Martin for Hall of Fame page
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