Teams: New York Jets, New England Patriots
Curtis Martin was both productive and durable throughout his 11-year NFL career. He tallied a total of 14,101 rushing yards in his career, good enough to rank him No. 4 on the all-time list.
Martin maintained his high-level production into the latter stages of his career; he only failed to top the 1,000-yard mark his final season in the league. However, this was mainly due to a knee injury he suffered late in the season.
In an interview with The New York Times, Martin talked about his impact on the New York Jets franchise. Martin brought a lot more than just on-field success—he also was a tremendous leader.
It's obvious from the quote below that he was held in high regard by Bill Parcells:
"I think my impact was more on the locker room. You know, something that Bill told me — they had a good running back here in Adrian Murrell, and in my opinion he was just as good as I was, but Bill Parcells told me, he said: 'Listen, the reason why I'm bringing you here is because you're going to make everybody else on the team better. I've seen you do it in New England as a rookie and as a second-year guy. People follow you, and that's why I'm bringing you here. Beyond your talents, it's because of the person you are and the way it'll affect your entire team."