Curtis Martin Elected to NFL Hall of Fame on 2nd Try

Alex GiobbiAnalyst IFebruary 5, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back Curtis Martin #28 of the New York Jets runs with a screen pass against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 11, 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs won 27-7.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Jets fans have something they can cheer about this offseason. One of the team's greatest players has been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, and his name is Curtis Martin. 

Martin, who was first eligible last year, was finally picked, along with Steelers CB Jack Butler, Steelers DT Dermontti Dawson, Vikings C Chris Doleman, Seahawks DE Cortez Kennedy and Chiefs OT Willie Roaf. 

Martin played from 1995 to 1997 with the rival New England Patriots before signing a deal to play for the Jets whom he played for from 1998 to 2005. His most notable achievement is running for 1,000 yards in 10 seasons, an impressive feat for a running back who accomplished this by age 31.

As a Patriot, he played on the 1996 AFC championship team that lost to Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers. In that game, he only ran for 42 yards but did score a touchdown.

As a Jet, he played on the 1998 and 2002 AFC East champions, and on the 2004 Wild Card team.

Perhaps Martin's best season was 2004, when, coming off a lackluster 2003 campaign which saw him score only two touchdowns, he won the league rushing title, beating out Seattle Seahawks runner Shaun Alexander by one yard, the closest margin in league history.

Martin is considered one of the best, if not the best, running backs in Jets history. He holds their rushing record and is a member of the team's Ring of Honor.

When Martin does get his bust this July, he should also have his number retired by the Jets. After all, he gave them the majority of his service and they have three postseason appearances thanks in part to him. Also, considering that both Joe Namath and Don Maynard both were inducted and had their numbers retired, it would make sense that No. 28 should join 12, 13, 73 and Weeb on the wall.