New York Jets ultimate starting lineup – offense

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Curtis Martin #28, (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Curtis Martin #28, (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Running Back: Curtis Martin

One of the most beloved players in Jets history was first a player that Jets fans hated. Curtis Martin, as we all know, started as a member of the rival New England Patriots. One year after Bill Parcells migrated from New England to New York, Martin came down to join him. Well, the Jets essentially made it impossible for him to stay with their rivals after putting a poison pill into his contract offer.

“Boy Wonder” arrived and changed everything. The Jets had a generational talent at running back. He rushed for 1,000 yards every year until 2005 when his knee injury cut his career short. At 31 years old in 2004, Martin rushed for 1,697 a career-high and good for is one and only rushing title. He beat out Shaun Alexander by one yard. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl three times as a Jet and was first team All-Pro in 2004.

He is the ultimate choice for a team that would succeed in the current NFL. There aren’t many backs left that can carry the ball 20-25 times per game. Martin was one of those players. When he played in the league there were three guarantees in life: death, taxes and Martin for 1,000 yards. Curtis is the one deserving of the spot on the roster and it’s not that close.