The man who made a career of understated touchdown celebrations was honored last night with the ultimate team celebration. Curtis Martin, the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history, was feted by the Jets with a touching halftime ceremony at the Meadowlands. Martin, 34, who retired before the season, received a framed jersey, a Rolex watch and two first-class airline tickets to a destination of his choice. Owner Woody Johnson also announced that the team’s annual MVP award would be renamed the Curtis Martin Award. The Jets didn’t retire Martin’s number. Only three players in history have received that honor – Joe Namath, Don Maynard and Joe Klecko. Presumably, the Jets will retire Martin’s number when he makes the Hall of Fame. Martin was introduced to the crowd by his former coach, Bill Parcells, who choked up as he spoke of his “love” for Martin. Martin thanked Parcells, Johnson, the late Leon Hess, the fans, the media and his mother, Rochella, whom he called “my hero.” Before the game, Martin was in the tunnel, high-fiving players as they ran out to the field. “Just like he used to do when he was playing,” WR Jerricho Cotchery said. “Today will be one of… Read full this story
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