Jets To Retire Legendary Running Back Curtis Martin’s No. 28 On Opening Day
NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Jets will retire Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin’s No. 28 in an opening-day ceremony on September 9, when the team opens the season at MetLife Stadium against the Bills.
A third-round pick of the Patriots in 1995, Martin played with New England from ’95-’97 and with the Jets from 1998 until his retirement in 2005.
The University of Pittsburgh alum is the Jets’ all-time leading rusher — compiling 10,302 yards — and the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1995, a five-time Pro Bowler and a five-time All Pro.
The 39-year-old had arguably the best season of his career in 2004, his second-t0-last NFL campaign. That season, the hard-nosed back led the league in rushing yards with 1,697, making him the oldest player in NFL history to win a rushing title.
In his incredibly productive 10-year career, the beloved Jet amassed 14,101 rushing yards, averaged four yards per carry and scored 90 touchdowns. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2012.
The Jets will also retire Dennis Byrd’s No. 90 on October 8. Byrd, a defensive end, played with the Jets from 1989-1992.
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