CURTIS MARTIN

CURTIS MARTIN

Class of 2012
Running Back >>> 5-11, 207
(Pittsburgh)
1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

Curtis James Martin, Jr. ... Drafted in third round by Patriots, 1995 … Led AFC in rushing as rookie … Second player in NFL history to start career with 10 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons … Led his team in rushing every season… Rushed for career-high 1,697 yards, won NFL rushing title, 2004 …  Retired as NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher (14,101) … Scored 90 rushing, 10 receiving TDs … Combined net yards (17,421) was 10th all-time … Born May 1, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Running back Curtis Martin, who missed most of his final college season at the University of Pittsburgh with an ankle injury, was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 1995. He showed no effects of that injury during his rookie season. He ran 30 yards on his first NFL carry, scored the game-winning touchdown and became the first Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in his pro debut. It was the first of a rookie-record-tying nine games that he eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Martin finished the year as the AFC's leading rusher with 1,487 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He was named Rookie of the Year, All-AFC, and voted to the first of his five Pro Bowls.

Martin's steady output continued throughout his 11-season, 168-game career as he joined Hall of Famer Barry Sanders as the only runners ever to start their careers with 10 straight 1,000-yard seasons. Martin led his team in rushing in each of his 11 seasons in the NFL.

Martin, who signed as a restricted free agent with the New York Jets after his third season, had his finest year in his second to last season. He rushed for a career-high 1,697 yards in 2004 to win the lone NFL rushing title of his career. He also tied his career-high of nine games with 100 or more yards rushing. He was named first-team All-Pro for the second time of his career that season.

He suffered a knee injury late in his final year that snapped a streak of 119 consecutive starts and kept him from reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the only time of his career. He finished the final four weeks of the season on the injured reserve list. He later announced his retirement and left the game as the NFL's fourth all-time leading rusher.

Martin gained 14,101 yards on 3,518 carries and scored 90 rushing touchdowns in his career. He rushed for 100 or more yards in a game 57 times. He also caught 484 passes for 3,329 yards and 10 touchdowns and his 17,421 combined net yards placed him 10th all-time at the time of his retirement. The three-time All-AFC pick also threw two touchdown passes on his only career pass attempts.

Year Team G No. Yds. Avg. TD No. Yds. Avg. TD
1995 New England 16 368 1,487 4.0 14 30 261 8.7 1
1996 New England 16 316 1,152 3.6 14 46 333 7.2 3
1997 New England 13 274 1,160 4.2 4 41 296 7.2 1
1998 N.Y. Jets 15 369 1,287 3.5 8 43 365 8.5 1
1999 N.Y. Jets 16 367 1,464 4.0 5 45 259 5.8 0
2000 N.Y. Jets 16 316 1,204 3.8 9 70 508 7.3 2
2001 N.Y. Jets 16 333 1,513 4.5 10 53 320 6.0 0
2002 N.Y. Jets 16 261 1,094 4.2 7 49 362 7.4 0
2003 N.Y. Jets 16 323 1,308 4.0 2 42 262 6.2 0
2004 N.Y. Jets 16 371 1,697 4.6 12 41 245 6.0 2
2005 N.Y. Jets 12 220 735 3.3 5 24 118 4.9 0
Career Total 168 3,518 14,101 4 90 484 3,329 6.9 10
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 2-2-36, 2 TDs; Two-Point Conversions: 3

Championship Games

1996 AFCNew England Patriots 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 6
Martin started at running back. He had 19 rushes for 59 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 18 yards.

1998 AFC – Denver Broncos 23, New York Jets 10
Martin started at running back. He had 13 rushes for 14 yards and one touchdown. He also had four receptions for 39 yards and one fumble.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXXI – Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21
Martin started at running back. He had 11 rushes for 42 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 28 yards.

All-Pro: 2001 (PFWA, SN) • 2004 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 1999 (AP) • 2001 (AP)

All-AFC: 1995 (UPI, PW) • 2001 (PW) 2004 (PW)

All-AFC Second: 1996 (UPI)

(5) – 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005*

*Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 2005 season)

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Seasons 1,000 or More Rushing Yards – 10
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons 1,000 or More Rushing Yards – 10
• [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 3,518
• [3rd] Most Combined Attempts, Career – 4,016
• [3rd] Most Combined Attempts, Rookie Season – 401 (1995)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Rookie Season – 14 (1995)

Post-Season Records

• [2nd] Most Combined Attempts, Game – 42 (vs. Jacksonville, 1998)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [3rd] Longest Run from Scrimmage – 78t (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games Rushing for a Touchdown – 5 (1996-98)

Pro Bowl Records

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career – 2
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdowns, Career – 3

Patriots records held by Martin

(Records through the 1997 season, Martin's final season with New England)

• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Scoring a Touchdown – 7 (Oct. 13 to Nov. 24, 1996)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Scoring a Rushing Touchdown – 7 (Oct. 13 to Nov. 24, 1996)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns Scored, Season – 17 (1996)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 368 (1995)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 40 (vs. New York Jets, Sept. 14, 1997)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,487 (1995)
• [1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season – 14 (1995, 1996)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Miami, Nov. 3, 1996)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns Scored, Season – 15 (1995)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 316 (1996)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games Scoring a Touchdown – 5 (Oct. 23 to Nov. 19, 1995)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games Scoring a Rushing Touchdown – 5 (Oct. 23 to Nov. 19, 1995)
• [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 36 (vs. Buffalo, Oct. 23, 1995)
• [3rd] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 199 (vs. New York Jets, Sept. 14, 1997)

Post-Season Records

• [1st] Most Points, Game – 18 (vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 5, 1997)
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Game – 166 (vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 5, 1997)
• [1st] Longest Run from Scrimmage – 78t (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career – 5
• [1st] Longest Rushing Touchdown – 78 (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [2nd] Most Points, Career – 30
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 49
• [2nd] Most Rushing Yards, Career – 297
• [2nd] Longest Rushing Touchdown – 23 (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)
• [3rd] Longest Rushing Touchdown – 18 (vs. Green Bay, Super Bowl XXXI)
• [Tied for 3rd] Longest Run from Scrimmage – 23t (vs. Pittsburgh, 1996)

Jets records held by Martin

(Records through the 2005 season, Martin's final season with New York)

• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 371 (2004)
• [1st] Most Rushing Yards, Career – 10,030
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,560
• [1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season – 12 (2004)
• [1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career – 58
• [Tied for 1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game – 3 (at New England, Oct. 15, 2000; vs. Kansas City, Nov. 11, 2001)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 38 (vs. Arizona, Nov. 7, 1999)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 369 (1998)
• [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 36 (vs. Miami, Oct. 4, 1998)
• [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 367 (1999)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Points Scored, Game – 18 (at New England, Oct. 15, 2000; vs. Kansas City, Nov. 11, 2001)

NFL Statistical Championships
Rushing Titles: 2004

AFC Statistical Championships
Touchdown Titles: 1996
Rushing Titles: 1995, 2004

Team Statistical Championships
Rushing Titles: 1995NE, 1996NE, 1997NE, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

NENew England Patriots All other titles won with New York Jets

• 1995 Rookie of the Year (PFWA, SN)
• 1995 AFC Rookie of the Year (UPI)
• 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year (AP, PW)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1995 New England Patriots 6 10 0 (4th)
1996 New England Patriots 11 5 0 (1st)
1997 New England Patriots 10 6 0 (1st)
1998 New York Jets 12 4 0 (1st)
1999 New York Jets 8 8 0 (4th)
2000 New York Jets 9 7 0 (3rd)
2001 New York Jets 10 6 0 (3rd)
2002 New York Jets 9 7 0 (1st)
2003 New York Jets 6 10 0 (4th)
2004 New York Jets 10 6 0 (2nd)
2005 New York Jets 4 12 0 (4th)

Full Name: Curtis James Martin, Jr.

Birthdate: May 1, 1973

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

High School: Allderdice (Pittsburgh, PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 4, 2012

Other Members of Class of 2012: Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 168 games

Drafted: 3rd round (74th player overall) in 1995 by New England Patriots

Uniform Number: 28

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