New York Jets Will Retire the Numbers of Curtis Martin and Dennis Byrd in 2012

Rocco ConstantinoContributor IJuly 31, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 7:  Running back Curtis Martin #28 of the New York Jets runs upfield against the Buffalo Bills during the game on November 7, 2004 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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According to the New York Jets' Media Relations Department, the team will recognize two of the most classy and courageous players with the organization's highest honor.

Curtis Martin and Dennis Byrd will join Joe Namath, Joe Klecko and Don Maynard in the annals of Jets history by having their numbers retired.  

"Curtis Martin Day" will be held on September 9 in the season opener against the Bills and "Dennis Byrd Day" will come on October 28 against the Dolphins.

Martin, who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend, ran for over 10,000 yards during his eight-year Jets career.  He led the team to the AFC Championship game in 1998 and is fourth on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 14,101 yards.

Byrd had his best season in 1990, when he had 13 sacks as one of the best young defensive ends in the AFC.

Byrd, however, is being recognized for his amazingly inspirational recovery from a paralyzing injury he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992.  Byrd, who many feared would be permanently paralyzed, showed incredible strength and courage as he recovered and was able to walk again.

Both Byrd and Martin are among the best Jets representatives and have tremendous respect not just in New York, but around the NFL.

The honor is truly deserved by both players, and it is only right that no Jets players ever wear the numbers 28 or 90 ever again.