|A Pittsburgh native who attended Taylor Allderdice High, Curtis Martin rushed for 2,643 career yards at Pitt despite playing in only two contests during an injury-shortened senior season.
The highlight of his collegiate career came in the '94 opener when Martin dashed for 251 yards against the Texas Longhorns, setting a Big East single-game rushing record.
Martin earned first-team All-Big East honors after rushing for 1,075 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. A year earlier, he rushed for 730 yards and five TDs. He also caught 33 passes for 317 yards.
Although he didn’t begin playing football until his senior year of high school, Martin played an instrumental role as a college freshman, rushing for 566 yards.
Curtis Martin– RB, New England Patriots (1995-97), New York Jets (1998-2005)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Drafted in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He later followed his coach, Bill Parcells, to New York, where he played eight of his 11 pro seasons with the Jets.
Took the NFL by storm during his first game as a pro in 1995. He ran 30 yards on his first NFL carry, scored the game-winning touchdown and became the first New England Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in his pro debut.
Joins Barry Sanders as the only running backs ever to start their careers with 10 straight 1,000 yard seasons.
Led his team in rushing in each of his 11 seasons.
Rushed for 100 or more yards in a game 56 times.
Retired as the NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.