The wait is over for Curtis Martin.
After a stellar 11-year career running the ball for the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Curtis Martin has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second year of eligiblity.
Martin was elected Saturday night along with defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, defensive end Chris Doleman, left tackle Willie Roaf, center Dermontti Dawson, and cornerback Jack Butler.
Notably, Martin’s mentor and former coach Bill Parcells did not make it in with Martin in the 2012 class, just missing out on his first year of eligibility.
Wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed were snubbed from this year’s class as well.
Curtis Martin played three seasons in New England before coming over to the Jets, and his 14,101 rushing yards are fourth all-time behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.
Martin is one of only two players ever to rush for 1,000 yards each of his first ten seasons, with Sanders being the other. All four of the top four rushing leaders are now enshrined in Canton.
A third-round draft pick in the 1995 NFL draft, Curtis Martin made five Pro Bowls in his career. His lone rushing title game in 2004 at age 31, when he rushed for a career-best 1697 yards and 4.6 yards per carry.
He finished his career with exactly 100 touchdowns, 90 on the ground and 10 in the air. He also threw two touchdown passes to Wayne Chrebet on his only two career pass attempts, one each in 2000 and 2001.
A consummate professional on and off the field, Martin was elected to the Jets’ Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium in 2010, and now he will forever have a place in football immortality.