Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012: Curtis Martin Officially Inducted

Curtis Martin, who played running back for the New York Jets from 1998 to 2005, was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night. He started his career with ten straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons, one of two players to ever do so (the other was Barry Sanders). Former head coach Bill Parcells introduced Martin, who began his speech after hearing Jets chants from members of the crowd.

Martin was brutally honest in his speech, admitting that he was never a big football fan but used the game to make a better life for himself and his mother.

"I wasn't the type of guy who watched football," Martin said. "I could probably count on one hand the number of games I watched in my lifetime."

[Related: Bill Parcells snub a travesty]

Martin told of the hardships he faced in his early years before recapping his transition to college and eventually the NFL. He also talked about the impact head coach Bill Parcells had on his career and the lessons Parcells instilled in him.

"You're always replaceable," Martin said. "Every year, there was someone on that team that had more ability...but I just outworked everyone."

After the speech, NFL Network host Rich Eisen summed things up in a simple sentence.

"[It was] a brutally honest, heartfelt, and complex speech from Curtis Martin."

For more on the New York Jets, head on over to Gang Follow all the Hall of Fame festivities, from the induction ceremony to the game, on SB Nation's NFL hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.