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The W - Football - Curtis Martin calls it a day
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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2947121

I knew he had racked up a lot of yards, but wasnt aware he was #4 on the list.

Does that get him first ballot HOF?
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No first ballot. Not without a Super Bowl ring. But he's a sure thing for the HOF on the second or third ballot, as you can't argue with those numbers.

Really, the writing was on the wall when it was announced he'd be out for 2006. Even the Jets knew it and grabbed Thomas Jones while they could.

Having said that, Martin had a great career and deserves a good retirement. Maybe we'll see him on the NFL Network soon.




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Aw, c'mon ... that guy is a first balloter all the way.
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#4 Posted on
    Originally posted by Mayhem

    Aw, c'mon ... that guy is a first balloter all the way.


Fine player, good pro, and by all accounts an all round decent guy, but he'll always be the guy who screwed up my fantasy season in '05.

They probably won't take that into consideration at the vote....



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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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