The New York Jets are set to honor one of the best players to ever don the green and white tomorrow when they retire the No. 28 jersey that belonged to Curtis Martin. The Jets will honor Curtis Martin at MetLife Stadium on Sunday as they open their 2012 regular season against the Buffalo Bills. Curtis Martin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.
Curtis Martin is one of the best players to ever represent the New York Jets on the field, and also one of the best people to represent any franchise off the field. The 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Curtis Martin racked up five Pro Bowl selections and five All-Pro selections over the course of his career. Curtis Martin also won the 2001 Ed Block Courage Award and the 2005 Bart Starr Man of the Year Award.
Curtis Martin finished his NFL career with 14,101 rushing yards. He is the New York Jets all-time leading rusher with 10,302 yards in eight seasons. Curtis Martin became the oldest player to lead the league in rushing when he did so in 2004, and only he and Barry Sanders have opened a career with 10 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Curtis Martin currently sits fourth on the all-time rushing list.
Curtis Martin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer and was the star of the show, bringing a lot of emotion to the ceremony. He told the crowd about his relationship with football, as he never liked the game but the game saved him. Martin was presented by his mentor, Bill Parcells, who coached him with the New England Patriots and with the Jets.
The Jets also announced that on October 8 the team will introduce the 2012 class of inductees into their Ring of Honor (Curtis Martin is already a member). Dennis Byrd will also be honored this season by having his No. 90 jersey retired, which will occur on October 28.