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CURTIS SPEAKS!

By Jets Insider.com Staff
August 9th, 2006
Jets fans worldwide are wondering if Curtis Martin has played his last down in the NFL. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jets fans worldwide are wondering if Curtis Martin has played his last down in the NFL. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
RB Curtis Martin met with the NY media today for the first time since training camp started amid rumors ranging from him missing games to retirement. Although he answered questions, the answers were something that we are all getting very used to with this new regime. Very vague.

The following is a transcript of the conversation, courtesy of the NY Jets:

On the reports that he is considering retirement…

"No. Those are reports and rumors."

On if he will play this season…

"I am here working out as hard as I can. I am here every single day. I am probably up here more than a lot of the other players because I am doing extra work."

On rumors that he suggested that the Jets draft a RB… "I saw that in the papers. That is a rumor. I am not going to talk about what goes on in the front office, but like I said, those are rumors."

On if he thinks he will play this year…

"That is what I am working out for. That is why I am up here spending all of these hours rehabbing. That is why I am doing it. For me, it is about doing as much as I can to put myself in the best possible position to be at my best."

On the condition of his knee…

"I cannot talk about that. The truth is that I am working out and that I am obviously not out there right now. I am not going to talk about injuries. I never have and I am not going to now."

On if he has had another surgery…

"No."

On having another surgery…

"No that is not in my plans."

On what he would like his fans to know…

"First of all, we are clearing up what some one made up or heard. I don’t feel an obligation to clear that up. To the fans I would like to say that I am trying to do my best to be as good as I can possibly be, and I am doing my best to be back as soon as I can possibly by back. I just don’t know everything. That’s it. I do not want to spend time clearing up rumors that did not come out of my mouth or that came from some one else’s. I don’t know how long it will take me. All I can do is keep working."

On why he wants to keep playing…

"Because I still feel like a young man. I am not worried about retirement. I am worried about working hard and getting to my best ability."

On the rumors…

"I think that is the nature of rumors. If someone doesn’t know something, they will take the next step and make up something or talk about what they heard, or say something that they have no knowledge about. I don’t think that rumors are an obligation of mine to clear up. They are what they are."

On if he is frustrated with his situation…

"I like to think that, in life, I have gotten pretty good at accepting what is and letting time tell, and doing everything that I can, under my control and my power, to be where I need to be."

On whether he wants to play…

"I feel good and I am going to work as hard as I can to be the best in my ability."

On a time table for his return…

"I am on PUP. I can come back any time that I feel that I am ready. I don’t usually do well with time tables and scenarios like that. I usually do my best and when I am ready, I’m ready."

On the exercises he has been doing…

"Every single day I am up here in the morning. I go through every single meeting. I take every single note. I am in the RB meetings helping the other RBs, trying to relate some of my experience to them. After, when the team comes out, I am working out two times a day and doing different rehab. It doesn’t do me any good to be out on the field doing sit ups and riding a bike."

On whether Sept. 10, is a possibility…

"Hopefully. Time will tell. I don’t know what exactly will happen. I just keep preparing to be my best. It is what it is. Obviously I have missed some training camp, but I can’t do anything about what I missed, but when I get back, I get back and I will take it from there.

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