Jets Great Curtis Martin Reveals Unbelievable Detail About 2004 NFL Rushing Title

Jason Schandl
Curtis Martin won the NFL rushing title in 2004 while playing with a torn MCL.
Curtis Martin won the NFL rushing title in 2004 while playing with a torn MCL. / Al Pereira/Getty Images
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While the New York Jets didn't get the kind of production from Le'Veon Bell that they would have liked in 2019, this team has still fielded some outstanding running backs throughout its history.

The best of the group is Curtis Martin, who put together seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for Gang Green. His peak came in 2004, when he ran for a league-best 1,697 yards. He has also just revealed something that makes the feat even more impressive — he was running on a torn MCL.

Knee injuries are no joke for players at any position, but they can be especially disastrous for running backs. And while we've recently seen star backs overcome serious knee injuries, that was rarely the case in the early 2000s.

The injury didn't seem to bother Martin at all, however. He won the rushing title while toting the rock a league-high 371 times, and he also caught 41 passes. Those 412 touches have only been eclipsed three times since 2004.

Things went downhill quickly for Martin after that point though. He only played one more season, rushing for 735 yards in 2005, retiring with 14,101 rushing yards on 3,518 carries. He retired at No. 4 on the NFL's all-time rushing list, and to this day he still sits in sixth.


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