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01/01/2005

Martin matches Sanders's feat

New York Jets running back Curtis Martin became just the second player in National Football League history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons. Martin reached the 1,000-yard mark during Week 11 of the 2004 season to match the record set by Hall of Famer Barry Sanders .

Emmitt Smith, who narrowly missed the 1,000-yard plateau as a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys in 1990, holds the league record for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Smith put together a string of 11 straight 1,000-yard efforts from 1991 through 2001.

Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton  is the only other runner to amass 10 seasons with 1,000 yards rushing, but the late Chicago Bears runner did not put them together consecutively.

Here's the year-by-year comparison of Sanders vs. Martin.

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Year Team

G

No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
  Year Team
G
Att
Yards
Avg
TD
1989 Detroit
15
280
1470
5.3
14
  1995 New England
16
368
1487
4.0
14
1990 Detroit
16
255
1304
5.1
13
  1996 New England
16
316
1152
3.6
14
1991 Detroit
15
342
1548
4.5
16
  1997 New England
13
274
1160
4.2
4
1992 Detroit
16
312
1352
4.3
9
  1998 N.Y. Jets
15
369
1287
3.5
8
1993 Detroit
11
243
1115
4.6
3
  1999 N.Y. Jets
16
367
1464
4.0
5
1994 Detroit
16
331
1883
5.7
7
  2000 N.Y. Jets
16
316
1204
3.8
9
1995 Detroit
16
314
1500
4.8
11
  2001 N.Y. Jets
16
333
1513
4.5
10
1996 Detroit
16
307
1553
5.1
11
  2002 N.Y. Jets
16
261
1094
4.2
7
1997 Detroit
16
335
2053
6.1
11
  2003 N.Y. Jets
16
323
1308
4.0
2
1998 Detroit
16
343
1491
4.3
4
  2004 N.Y. Jets
16
371
1697
4.6
12

 

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