NY Jets retire Hall of Famer Curtis Martin's jersey in pregame ceremony
Curtis Martin, fresh off his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction last month, maintained that he’s reflected on the achievement, but the feeling has not fully hit him.
“I can’t remember feeling this excited in my life before,” Martin said Sunday.
Martin received his Hall of Fame ring in a ceremony during halftime. His bronze sculpture from the Hall was also there, and he became the fourth Jet to have his jersey retired. His No. 28 home uniform was encased in a glass frame at midfield.
“I played my heart out for you,” he said.
Former Jets teammates Joe Namath and Don Maynard, both of whom have had their numbers (12 and 13, respectively) retired, were also on hand.
Martin said that being honored by the Jets and their fans was almost as emotional as going into the Hall of Fame.
“There’s a part of this that’s even bigger than the Hall of Fame, because it’s the hometown, it’s the crowd I’ve played in front of for all these years,” Martin said. “I’m just excited.”