Chat with Curtis Martin
Martin and Barry Sanders are the only two RBs in NFL history to start their careers with 10 straight years of rushing for 1,000 or more yards.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin stops by to chat about the start of the 2013 NFL season, as well as the release of Madden NFL 25.
Martin, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, retired in 2007 as the fourth all-time leading rusher with 14,101 yards. His 90 career rushing touchdowns ranks 12th all-time.
This season, Martin is working with EA Sports' Madden NFL 25, the 25th anniversary of the iconic video game. The game hit stores Tuesday.
Send your questions now and join Martin Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:53 PM)
Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (1:03 PM)
Curtis is here!
Curtis, what do you think about a player that was in the league early in your career -- barry sanders -- being on the cover of Madden this yeaR?
Curtis Martin (1:04 PM)
In my opinion, him and Jim Brown are the best RBs to ever play. It's about time. He doesn't have to worry about the whole Madden curse because he's no longer playing. That was one of the things that I always aspired to do, be on the Madden cover.
David (San Diego)
what was the key to being so conssitent over the years of your career?
Curtis Martin (1:05 PM)
Hard work and discipline. I don't believe that I had more talent than a whole lot of other guys who were behind me. But I always felt I could out work them and out discipline them.
are you a big video game player?
Curtis Martin (1:05 PM)
I used to be. I used to be. I couldn't get from in front of the video game. Now, not as much. But I'm excited that I'm in Madden 25. I may have to get back into it just to see what type of skill they gave me.
Derrick L (NYC)
What are your thoughts on this years Jets?
Curtis Martin (1:06 PM)
A lot of work. They need a lot of work. Obviously, they haven't had good seasons the last couple of years and they had a lot of changes in the offseason. It will be interesting to see how they do this year. Hopefully it's better than last year.
do you think Emmitt Smith's rushing record will stand for a long time?
Curtis Martin (1:07 PM)
I think it will stand for a very, very, very long time. I don't know if it will ever be broken. The game has changed. By the time the game changes back to a running game, I think the game will be so fast and violent by then, I don't think anyone will be able to play long enough to break the record.
Ray Stinger Jr (Pittsburgh)
Hail to Pitt, Curtis!! How do you think the Panthers will do this year in the ACC?
Curtis Martin (1:08 PM)
It will be interesting to see. It's hard to see Pitt outside of the Big East. Those were opponents they knew and were used to playing against. The ACC seems to be a different level of competition. I don't know if anyone will know the answer until after the first year.
How fun was it to see yourself for the first time in Madden?
Curtis Martin (1:09 PM)
That was one of the highlights of my career. I always tell people about that. I was almost in awe that I didn't want to play as myself. For me, back then, I played Madden so much that to see myself on there, the only time I would play as myself when I was all alone and I could try to see how many yards I could get in one game.
If not for the bad knee injury, how much longer do you think you would have played?
Curtis Martin (1:10 PM)
If I didn't have the injury, I probably would have played at least, a minimum of three years. Coming off the season before, leading the league in rushing, I was feeling better than I did as a rookie. I was feeling stronger, faster, better, wiser. I thought I could play a long time.
can geno be the qb of the future for the jets? or do you still think sanchez can fill that role?
Curtis Martin (1:11 PM)
He may be the future. I don't know if he's the "right now." I don't know. I think this year will be the true tell sign on Sanchez. If he doesn't have a great year, it will be interesting to see what happens with him.
Do you think the run game has been de-valued a little bit in the NFL?
Curtis Martin (1:12 PM)
Not a little bit. A whole lot. I think the game has changed has changed a whole lot for RBs. When I was playing, most RBs didn't feel like they were a part of the game until they carried the ball 10 times. Now, 10 carries is a lot in one game.
Shawn (Athol, MA) [via mobile]
First of all I want to say I was always a big fan of yours (even though you wore the enemy colors) you were one of the classiest guys to play in the nfl in the last 20 years. Now with that being said I can't help but still feel a little hurt by the way your sudden departure from my Patriots. Looking back, are there any regrets from the way you left?
Curtis Martin (1:13 PM)
No. No. It didn't happen in a bad way. I can't say regret...but my only desire at the time was that I didn't have to leave. But because of Bill Parcells, that was the only reason I left. He brought me into the league. I had a bond with him that made me go to, in my mind, the worst team in the NFL at the time, the Jets. I'm glad I made the decision now.
brandon birdsboro pa [via mobile]
What was your favorite run in your nfl career?
Curtis Martin (1:14 PM)
Yeah...It was in the fog bowl, I broke an 80 yard TD. My favorite run is one I had against Miami in my first year, as a rookie. We watched it back on film and all 11 men missed me at one time. It was like a 60-65 yard run.
Haha, you were really good, but no one gives you the proper respect.
Curtis Martin (1:14 PM)
I feel like I get enough. I don't get any more. I'm fine with what I get. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I never really put a lot into what others thought about me. I appreciate what they did give. But at the end of the day, I was competing with myself.
Curtis do you play fantasy football? I love it and used to always draft you.
Curtis Martin (1:15 PM)
No, I don't play, but everyone calls me for advice for who to draft. So, I participate by default.
Hello Curtis,I enjoyed seeing you this morning on a number of shows. who do you think is the best young running back (either rookie or second year back)?
Curtis Martin (1:17 PM)
By far, Adrian Peterson, overall. But there are a lot of other guys that I like. I really like LeSean McCoy's running style. Right now Peterson is in a league of his own. He embodies every attribute that a super RB should have. If you were to create the perfect RB, he's not too big, not too small. He's exactly what you'd want in a body frame. He's one of the fastest guys in the league. You usually don't put the fastest guy in the same category with the most elusive guy or quickest guy. He's armed to be the most elusive guy there is. He's like Barry, Dickerson and Jim Brown in one. There are a lot of good RBs out there.
Vick (New Orleans)
What were your thoughts when you first heard you had mad the hall of fame?
Curtis Martin (1:22 PM)
My first initial thought was I couldn't believe that the fact that I was never really a fan of the game and I started out not even taking football seriously. I just started to stay out of trouble. But once I got involved, I decided I was going to outwork everyone, because it was something I had a chance to do. I knew there was a lot in my life and others' lives that I could change through football. I used it as a vehicle to change lives. From a personal standpoint, from a charity standpoint. Football has allowed me to do what I wanted to do, which is be philanthropic.
Curtis Martin (1:23 PM)
No. 1, I want you to know that I never really envisioned to have the fans that I do. So I want you all to know that I greatly appreciate you fans. I consider it a privilege to have fans admiring what I do. And even though I can't sign every autograph, I'll try to sign as many as possible.
Buzzmaster (1:23 PM)
Thanks for chatting Curtis!