Curtis Martin, the fourth leading rusher in NFL history, will announce his retirement from the game this week, according to a report in The New York Post. The Jets running back has not played since the 12th game of the 2005 season because of a serious knee injury he aggravated in Week 2 of that season. Martin tore cartilage in his right knee, which is now a bone-on-bone situation.
The 34-year old veteran has 3,518 carries for 14,101 yards, fourth behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. Drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh, Martin left the team in 1998 as a restricted free agent to join the New York Jets. He is tied with Barry Sanders with 10 consecutive years with at least 1,000 rushing yards.