Curtis Martin calls it quits

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  1. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Jets workhorse RB Martin calls it quits

    NEW YORK (AP) - Curtis Martin hopes to run straight from the backfield to the front office.

    After retiring from the New York Jets on Thursday as the No. 4 rusher in league history, the 34-year-old Martin revealed he has his sights set on becoming an NFL owner.
    "Ever since you have seen me as a player, I've been looking at myself as an owner," Martin said at a small, 45-minute news conference at the team's Manhattan offices, one of several stops on a whirlwind media tour.

    "Most people see me as a low-profile player, and I've always seen myself as a high-profile owner," he said.

    Martin, regarded as one of the classiest yet toughest players in the game, was hoping to announce specific plans for his life after carrying the football, but hasn't finalized anything yet. He said an announcement is imminent, but declined to reveal which teams he had spoken to or if the Jets were one of them.

    "It's something that I'm very excited about, and it looks good," he said, smiling.

    Martin never sought the spotlight during his career, a rarity among today's professional star athletes. His humble attitude earned him respect around the league, something he thinks will help him once he's running a team.

    "I believe I've gotten a chance to understand the game from the ground up," said Martin, decked out in a sharp black suit and black and purple tie. "It's something that very few owners are able to do, simply because they're not privy to the intimacy of the locker rooms or the brotherhood of the players. I believe that I can bring something new, and something that I think could be better for the NFL overall."

    Martin, who is very active in charity work, announced he has partnered with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to start an initiative to decrease homelessness in the city by two-thirds by 2009.

    "As a player, Curtis approached philanthropy the same way he approached the game: with humility and grace," Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement.

    On the field, Martin was one of the league's bright spots for most of his 11 active seasons. He finished with 14,101 yards rushing, ranking behind only Emmitt Smith (18,355), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269). His 3,518 carries are third on the NFL's career list, and his 90 rushing touchdowns rank him tied for 12th with Eric Dickerson. Martin was also a versatile offensive weapon throughout his career, catching 484 passes for 3,329 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    "At the end of the day, things turned out better than what I had even intended from the beginning," said Martin, whose retirement papers were submitted to the league office Thursday.

    The end was tough, though. Martin, a physical running back who never shied from big hits, acknowledged in January that he had probably played his last game because of a bone-on-bone right knee injury suffered during the 2005 season. He made the long-anticipated decision official - after months of rehabbing and deliberating - 19 months after his last game.

    "I don't see this as a sad time," Martin said. "Someone was just asking me if there's any moment in particular that sticks out as the best moment of my career, and I told them, 'Right now."'

    The Jets will honor the five-time Pro Bowl selection before the beginning of the regular season. There is also growing sentiment that the team should retire Martin's No. 28 jersey.

    "I think that would be great," Martin said with a big smile. "If that were to happen, I would like that."

    Martin tore cartilage in his right knee in Week 2 against Miami in 2005, and aggravated the injury two games later against Baltimore. He played through the pain - typical of the toughness he displayed throughout his career - but ended his season after the Jets' 12th game. New York put him on injured reserve last November, ending Martin's season - and ultimately, his career.

    "I don't have any regrets," Martin said. "I feel like I'm leaving this game exactly how I would want to. I know that I'm stubborn when it comes to football and I know that it would have to take something like this - and gratefully it's not too bad to where it's going to hinder the rest of my life where I'd need a wheelchair or cane."

    Martin grew up in a rough neighborhood in Pittsburgh, but rose above his environment and became a star running back at the University of Pittsburgh. He was drafted in the third round by New England, where he spent his first three NFL seasons and was named the league's offensive rookie of the year in 1995.

    He came to the Jets as a restricted free agent in 1998 and became one of the most popular players - possibly second only to Joe Namath - in team history.

    "Curtis Martin represents everything an NFL player should be," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "He overcame many challenges to enjoy an outstanding career as one of the best running backs in the NFL."

    Martin's best year was his last healthy season in 2004, when he led the league with 1,697 yards rushing and tied Sanders' record with 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons to start a career.
  2. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    simply one of the best running backs ever to play the game.

    blocking ability
    great hands

    oh.........did i mention he had class.

    first ballot hall of famer.
  3. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    I don't think he has enough assests to become an owner

    but you never know
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    First ballot HoF'er... hands down...
  5. DallasInDC

    DallasInDC Well-Known Member

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    Maybe for an AFL2 team or as a partner for an AFL team.
  6. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    you're probably right, he might have to go into a business venture, sorta like Roger Staubach in real estate, if he wants to think about owning a pro team, and hope that venture has that much success, or something around there
  7. Achozen

    Achozen Sounds From The Lair

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    He wasn't the fastest or the quickest, but he always seemed to get the job done. Definite HOF'er...
  8. JPostSam

    JPostSam Well-Known Member

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    excellent player, classy guy.

    lots of respect for him.

    hall of fame awaits.
  9. eduncan22

    eduncan22 Benched

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    Was getting worried about him getting close to the record for awhile...
  10. sago1

    sago1 Active Member

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    Even tho he's probably a millioniare many times over, he's gotta be realistic enough to know that he needs to be closer to being a billionaire to be able to afford an NFL franchise -- unless of course he knows a few extremely wealthy people who he could pull together. Elway wanted to be an owner as well and bet he's got whole lots more money to Curtis but even he realized he's no where near having enough bucks to buy a team.
  11. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    It is pretty amazing that he could have kept such a low profile despite all of his success as an NFL RB. He was never one to call attention to himself, of course, but it still surprises me that such a productive player at such a headline position (RB) in the most popular and widely covered sport in the United States could be so .... relatively little known.

    I've followed pro football closely and for a long while. Admittedly I'm a Cowboys fan first, an NFC East fan second, an NFC fan third, with the AFC falling fourth. Obviously I'm aware of who Curtis Martin is, who he has played for, and that he's been very productive.

    But I don't have any memories of this or that particularly great Curtis Martin play. There is no play that stands out to me. Frankly, I don't remember a single one.

    That strikes me as strange, given that he's a future Hall of Fame player and that I follow the game closely.
  12. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    You left out that he also played in New York and played for Bill Parcells. You are right, it is surprising that he is somewhat under the radar considering everything he has accomplished. One of my favorites and I knew about him coming out of Pitt. I thought Dallas should draft him because he would be a great back up to Emmitt. I was right and then some.
  13. eduncan22

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    You can be a minority owner. The big guy gets to call all the shots, though.

    I'd love to own 1% of the Cowboys. :cool:

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