Curtis Martin always looked dapper in green; though today he will be wearing the distinguished gold jacket in the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The NFLs 4th all-time leading rusher claims his rightful spot in Canton, Ohio.
The arduous journey to Canton began in Pittsburgh, where Martin experienced a tumultuous childhood. When he was 9, his grandmother, Eleanor Johnson, was found stabbed to death in her bed. At age 15, Martin had a gun pointed to his head, and the trigger pulled multiple times, but thankfully, the gun did not fire. He survived the deaths of several friends, and his goal simply became to live to see age 21. Martin’s mother, Rochella Dixon, encouraged him to play sports, and he started playing football his senior year of high school.. “I was somewhat forced to play football because of the circumstances I grew up in; it became my escape,” said Martin. He played at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted in the third round by the New England Patriots in 1995. He played there for three years and was subsequently traded to the New York Jets and played for them the remainder of his career.
Although Martin only played 11 years, he amassed 14, 101 yards rushing with 90 TDs, with an additional 3,329 receiving yards and 10 TDs. How unfortunate that he experienced a career-ending knee injury as those statistics would be tremendously higher. However, what’s special to me about Curtis Martin is his philanthropic nature. When he first came into the league, he allocated 12 to 15 percent of each paycheck to establish a charitable foundation to benefit single mothers. Martin now contributes 20 to 25 percent of his income to The Job Foundation which charitably assists those with educational, medical, and housing needs.
Congratulations to Curtis Martin who has achieved what only the elite few ever have enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is my sincere hope that he fulfills his next goal of becoming an NFL team franchise owner; he already owns the hearts of many.
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