Martin's a compiler. He was never the best back in football. Heck, in 11 seasons, he was only one of the top 6 backs (pro bowler) 5 times. He's 4th in rushing yards, but that's because he's 3rd in rushes.
Of the 48 players who are both in the top 50 in rushes and rushing yardage, Martin's y/c is 41st. Jerome Bettis, who ranks 5th all time in yardage, is 45th in y/c.
If it were me, I wouldn't vote for them in the HoF at all. As the cliche goes (feel free to post this in the One Question thread), it's the "Hall of Fame", not the "Hall of Very Good".
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Has Yahoo! as a source ever broken a story before? Honest question - I can't think of anything, but I've never really looked at Yahoo as a news agency, more like a wire service (meaning their items, I thought, were generally just AP items).