Re: Curtis Martin NOT elected to HOF?!?!
posted at 2/8/2011 4:12 AM EST
In Response to Re: Curtis Martin NOT elected to HOF?!?!
[QUOTE]GOOD! F*ck Curtis Martin. You act like he will get into the HOF as a Pat but he is going in as a Jet. A filthy stinking Jet and you want to cheer for him? F*ck him, I hope he never gets in. He will of course cause he was great but I sure as he// wont be rooting for him or any other Jet to make the HOF and neither should any other self respecting Pats fan.
Posted by MVPkilla4life[/QUOTE]
Are you serious? So, now we're just rooting for laundry?
It just so happens that Martin was on of the classiest most talented guys to ever play in the NFL, let alone put on a Patriots uniform. And I'm supposed to hate him because he changed teams? That's ridiculous!
More importantly Martins' depature was mostly the Patriots fault. They let it get out of control. Year after year he put up amazing numbers and was a breakaway threat that defenses had to gameplan for every week. He quickly established himself as one of the best RBs in the league.
His reward? The Patriots made him play out his 5 or 6 year rookie contract. Which he grossly outpplayed. That last year of his deal was around 350k- which was an obscene joke for a top 5 running back. The Pats essentially used and abused Martin.
In the meantime, guys were getting rewarded all over the league. Guys like Terrell Davis were getting renegotiated and paid fairly. The Pats dumped 50 something million into Ty Law and locked up Ted Johnson before he even hit free agency. Meanwhile, they let one of the best backs in the game toil away under a contract fit for a sixth round pick.
Martin never complained (And I'm sure reporters tried to bait him into it) or pouted. He never asked for a new contract. Which would have been perfectly reasonable. He just played out his completely unfair contract with class.
But he wouldn't be human if he weren't privately seething. And didn't feel like he was taken advantage of. So by the time he neared free agency, he was probably pretty angry with the Pats. He certainly didn't owe them anything.
I'm sorry, but Curtis Nartin is not the bad guy here. If you want to blame somebody point the finger at the Pats that didn't step up and do the right thing.
Curtis Martin was nothing but class while he was here and even after he left. If you can't root for Curtis Martin, then I don't know who you can root for.
I really don't get the whole rooting for laundry thing. Like if Troy Brown had bit on the Saints offer a few years ago and signed with a team that offered him more playing time, I would stop rooting for him? Of course I wouldn't. He's one of my all time favorite players. Conversely, I never really cared for Richard Seymourp even while he was in New England.
It's the same attitude that leads to 465 posts in the offseason about how we need to sign Brandon Marshall. Even though he's a cowardly piece of garbage that beats women. I don't know how that doesn't matter to some people.
When I think about Curtis Martin I will think about how he destroyed Pittsburg in the 98 Fog Bowl or any of the other great Patriots moments of the 90s he was involved in. Not the fact that he finally signed with another team to get the money the Pats wouldn't step up and pay him.
Now a guy like Adam Vinatieri, that twisted the knife in the back of Patriots Nation, I can't stand the site of him. But Curtis Martin deserves the Hall of Fame and the support of Pats fans.