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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I'm thinking you don't understand how the NFL Draft works. Team drafts you. Team then has the exclusive right to negotiate with you. You either sign and play with that team or don't sign and don't get to play NFL football for a year.