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The Day that Martin Opened with a Bang

Posted by Randy Lange on February 2, 2011 – 3:07 pm

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 [2001], 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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13 Responses to “The Day that Martin Opened with a Bang”

  1. By dougmc on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll be in Canton for Curtis’ enshrinement into HOL. He was a pro’s pro and always gave Jet fans something to believe in back then.
    Has anyone seen this kid Jadeveon Clowney coming out of high school? Is he related to David Clowney? I don’t know what he’s going to do in college, but OMG this guy is unbelievable. It appears that 3-4 QB’s will be selected before the Jets pick so a blue chip OL or top WR could be there for the taking because most of the DE and OLB’s will be gone by then. We do need to make a move for pass rusher or safety cause we don’t have Rd.2 pick. J-E-T-S…

  2. By Walt on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the way Sal Alosi was treated was disgraceful. I or for that matter anyone else can condone what he did but I think some consideration should have been given him for the years of faithful service he has given the jets.I look at the case of Ben Rothlesberger who was only given a four game suspension for conduct that many consider criminal after attending behavioral modification classes.I would think that it would not have asked too much for the Jets to treat Sal the same way.

  3. By scjoe on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    dougmac, I am familiar with this kid, he is no relation to David Clowney, he is out of Rock Hill SC. and has not declared where he is going yet. He is leaning toward Bama and USC (South Carolina) He is a man playing among boys and would look great in green and white about three years from now.

  4. By John on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    Come on Jets fans get on line and start voting for Curtis Martin http://www.fanschoice.com NOW!!!!! Keep voting..

  5. By IRA on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    So i see today that teams can use the franchise and transition tags starting 2/10 for 14 days. Depending on whats up with Harris i would try to plan to sign him to a long term deal,franchise SH and transition BE. You should be able to keep all three and then let Cro test the market.I just don’t know how they are going to keep Mizzou. I would invest in a pass rusher and then bring in another CB if Cro’s price gets too high and draft a CB at some point in the draft.
    Let the fun begin!

  6. By carl on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Go Curtis, Its your hall fame date we gonna party like its your birthday! We gonna sip Bacardi like its your birthday!!!!Class Act All The Way!!! Go Jets!!!!

  7. By carl on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Sal U got a raw deal!!!!Just because a wimpy gunner has to run out abounds to get down the field on returns.Miami’s gunners are bunch of losers anyway!! Sal you should have been promotated for showin how these gunners wimp out and use sidelines Go jets!!!!! New NFL rule needed!!!

  8. By wayne on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Sal took a bullet like a good soldier…..Hopefully he was well rewarded for it…..Good luck to Sal Alosi

  9. By scjoe on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I have heard that the NFLPA may try to block the use of the franchise and transition tag. I personally don’t see how they can, the CBA don’t officially end till March 4th. and everything should remain status quo until then. Of course if they are bargained out in the new CBA (which would surprise me) all bets would be off.

  10. By davetharave on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Curtis Martin is going to be in the hall of fame. It’s not even an arguable point.

    The J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS have a NEW NUMBER ONE ARCH-ENEMY right now. It isn’t Bieber Brady and the Patsies, it isn’t the Miami Dolphins or the Colts. There is only ONE TEAM that deserves all our wrath and attention and that is the Steelers. THEY ARE THE MORTAL ENEMY. All attention must be paid to figuring out how to not just get past them but to physically destroy them in the process. I don’t know about anyone else, but I HATE the Steelers right now, and all their miserable fans with those crummy towels which they should all CHOKE on.

  11. By Tom Spicer on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    The D side of the ball is where is we need to focus on. Ellis, Jenkins & Pohua are 32 or older. Scott, Pace, Thomas & Taylor are on the wrong side of 30. Our whole front 7 but Harris is getting old or are already old by NFL standards. Unless we get a great pass rusher we need saftey help as well. We also may need a corner if Cromartie goes. On the O side of the ball we will sign either Holmes or Braylon & the other one will get franchised or transitioned. I think Woody, LT & T Rich are all gone replaced by Hunter, McKnight & Conner. Every player on our O but Moore will be 27 or younger. Our O will be so young all with upside potential the D at there age can only gets worse unless we make changes.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Can you tell us the difference between the franchise & the transition tag. I think with the franchise tag you get paid the annual average salary of the top 5 WR in the NFL. What is the pay scale for the transition tag?

  13. By Randy Lange on Feb 3, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, the short answer is that a player who gets a franchise tag receives a tender that is the average of the top five players at his position, while a player who is transition-tagged receives a tender that is the average of the top 10 players at his position.

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