(Eds: Sixth in a series of Hall of Fame previews) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer For a guy who didn't really want to play football as a kid, Curtis Martin sure has run a long way.
All the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Martin enters the Canton, Ohio shrine on Saturday as the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history. His stats and the honors that have come with them, including the 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year and the league's leading rusher in 2004, were never something he aspired to.
''Football was never a dream for me,'' Martin says. ''I just started playing football to stay out of trouble and stay alive. Football was something my mother forced me to do so I would stay out of trouble in the (Pittsburgh) neighborhood I was growing up in.
''There is a part of me that questions whether I would be living or into something I definitely shouldn't be involved in. I definitely would not have the ending that I am getting towards. Football saved my life.''
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