FORT WORTH, Texas -- Curtis Martin was shopping for underwear in a Maui mall when he received the call that changed his life.
This was March 1998. Martin, a restricted free agent with the New England Patriots, had just arrived on the Hawaiian island. He was on an extended vacation and his underwear supply was low, so he went directly from the airport to a mall. Then his agent called, asking him to get to New York ASAP to hammer out a deal with the Jets. He never made it to his hotel.