CANTON, Ohio – Curtis Martin never wanted to play football, never thought he'd live to age 21 and never imagined being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But Martin, in pouring out his heart about how the game played a part in his salvation, may have helped repair the game's image Saturday.
At a time when football, and the NFL in particular, have come under criticism for concussions and suicides believed to be related to head trauma, Martin gave anyone who had the honor of listening to his stirring Hall of Fame induction speech plenty reason to embrace the game. The former New England Patriots and New York Jets running back, an everyman-type who worked his way to be one of the game's leading rushers, spent 27 minutes baring his soul and telling the audience about how football saved him.
Even though he never had much passion for it.
For Martin, football was an escape from a home life that was tragic. Martin, who spoke without notes but with a clearRead More »from Curtis Martin reflects on mother’s pain, lack of passion for football at Hall of Fame