Curtis Martin was the embodiment of consistency in the NFL as a running back. Consistently effective. Consistently durable. Consistently humble. Consistently consistent. He wasn’t a top prospect coming out of Pittsburgh. He was overlooked as one of the games’ elites, instead he quietly chipped away at the record books climbing rung after rung on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

After the call from the Hall of Fame committee, receiving confirmation that he would be enshrined as a member of the 2012 induction class in Canton, it gives the official stamp of approval on a career that never needed any validity.

Unlike his NFL comtemporaries, Martin did not dream of being a star canonized by the bright lights of show business. Recognizing the platform the NFL offers, Martin fulfilled his dream of being a role model to many.  One might even be as bold to state that Martin was “Tebowing” long before anyone had heard Tim Tebow’s name.

“Moreso than the NFL, being a football player or a running back, in my mind, my career was being a role model,” Martin said via conference call Saturday evening.  ”I took that to heart.  Everything that I did from the time I entered the NFL until the day I retired, even until today, it was all in recognition that I have been gifted and blessed to be in this position and in this situation.  More important to me than anything during my career, it was the type of man that I was and the example that I was, not only to my teammates, to the general public, but even more importantly, to kids because they really look up to us.”

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2 thoughts on “Curtis to Canton: Martin enshrined in 2012 class

  1. Nice one, Wes. Coaches absolutely loved this guy because he showed how to train and practice … role model not just for kids and fans, but for teammates. Bill Parcells still can’t go a day of his life without telling an inspirational Curtis Martin story.

  2. I hope Curtis knows that if he played for me instead of the big fat tuna, he’d have won 3 Super Bowls by now.

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