Curtis Martin (born May 1, 1973) is a former National Football League (NFL) running back for the New York Jets and New England Patriots. He begain playing professional football in 1995 when he was drafted in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In his rookie season he rushed for 1,487 yards and had rushing 14 touchdowns as well. As a result of his productive rookie season he was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year and made the AFC Pro Bowl team. Three years following his rookie season in 1998, Martin became a unrestricted free agent and signed with the New York Jets. In 2005, he had his best season of his career as he led the NFL in rushing yardage with 1697 rushing yards on 371 attempts (4.6 avg) and also rushed for 12 touchdowns. The next year however, Martin for the first time in his NFL career failed to rush for over a thousand yards and only played in 12 regular season games. In 2006, he did not play in a single game and months after the conclusion of the 2006 season, he retired from the NFL.