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Curtis Martin
Running back
Jersey #(s)
Born May 1, 1973 (1973-05-01) (age 36)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Year(s) 19952007
NFL Draft 1995 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
College Pittsburgh
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 14,101
Average 4.0
Touchdowns 102
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Curtis James Martin, Jr. (born May 1, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football running back. He is an alumnus of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. Martin played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and amassed the fourth highest total of rushing yards in NFL history.


Professional career

New England Patriots

Martin entered the NFL in 1995, as a third round draft pick of the New England Patriots. Scouted by Greg Rollage from Union/Finley. He won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award after rushing for 1,487 yards, and was named to the Pro Bowl. The following year, he rushed for a franchise record 166 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first career playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots went to Super Bowl XXXI, but lost to the Green Bay Packers. Martin rushed for 42 yards, caught 3 passes for 28 yards, and scored a touchdown in the game. Though he was much less effective in 1996 than he was in his rookie season, Martin was again named to the Pro Bowl squad.

New York Jets

After the 1997 season, Martin, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with the New York Jets[1] for $36 million over six years. The Patriots did not match the Jets' offer and received first and third round draft picks as compensation. Thus, Martin went to the Jets, and was reunited with his former Patriots coach Bill Parcells. In his first seven seasons with the Jets, Martin missed only one game and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times. In 1998, Martin gained 182 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Jets playoff win. Martin won the NFL rushing title in the 2004 NFL season with 1,697 yards (one more yard than runner-up Shaun Alexander, the closest margin in NFL history). He also won the FedEx Ground Player of the Year Award in 2004. Martin made history for being the oldest player in history to lead the league in rushing at 31 years old.

In 2005, Martin failed in his quest to become the first running back in NFL history to start his career with eleven straight 1,000 rushing yard seasons. He missed a game versus the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve for the final three games of the season. Martin finished with 735 rushing yards, for a career total of 14,101 rushing yards. Martin began the 2006 campaign on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to complications from the injury. It was announced he would miss the rest of the regular season with a bone-on-bone condition in his right knee on November 1, 2006. On July 26, 2007 Martin officially announced his retirement from the NFL.[2]


Martin rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first 10 professional seasons, a feat previously accomplished only by Barry Sanders. On November 6, 2005, he scored his 100th career touchdown, joining an elite group of only 16 players to do so. Martin is currently 4th on the all-time rushing yardage list, and on November 27, 2005, in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints, he became the 4th running back in NFL history, behind Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders, to pass the 14,000-yard rushing mark. He is the all-time Jets leader with 10,302 rushing yards with the team.[3] He is also fourth in the same category for the Patriots with 3799 yards.[4] Additionally, Martin has a perfect passer rating of 158.3: 2 completions on 2 pass attempts, 2 TD passes, and an average of 18 yards per attempt.

Career statistical rankings

  • 3,518 career rushing attempts (3rd all-time)
  • 14,101 career rushing yards (4th all-time)
  • 17,430 career yards from scrimmage (7th all-time)
  • 90 career rushing touchdowns (12th all-time)
  • 100 career rushing/receiving touchdowns (19th all-time)
  • Oldest player to win a rushing title (age 31) in 2004

Personal life

Martin is often spotted courtside at New York Knicks games and attends shows at New York movie premieres. He made Esquire Magazine's best-dressed list in 2004. He resides in Garden City, New York. Chris Berman from ESPN gave him the nickname Curtis "My Favorite" Martin, a play on words from the 60's television show My Favorite Martian. As of summer 2007, he also is pursuing ownership of an NFL team.

Career statistics

Year Team Games Attempts Yards YPC TDs
1995 New England Patriots 16 368 1,487 4.0 14
1996 New England Patriots 16 316 1,152 3.6 14
1997 New England Patriots 13 274 1,160 4.2 4
1998 New York Jets 15 369 1,287 3.5 8
1999 New York Jets 16 367 1,464 4.0 5
2000 New York Jets 16 316 1,204 3.8 9
2001 New York Jets 16 333 1,513 4.5 10
2002 New York Jets 16 261 1,094 4.2 7
2003 New York Jets 16 323 1,308 4.0 2
2004 New York Jets 16 371 1,697 4.6 12
2005 New York Jets 12 220 735 3.3 5
Career NE/NYJ 168 3,518 14,101 4.0 90

See also

List of National Football League rushing yards leaders


External links

Preceded by
Marshall Faulk
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Eddie George
Preceded by
Marion Butts
New England Patriots Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Robert Edwards
Preceded by
Adrian Murrell
New York Jets Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Kevan Barlow

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