There hasn’t been much to cheer about lately for New York Jets fans but they did receive good news last night, as Curtis Martin was appropriately selected to the Hall of Fame.
Martin’s accomplishments on the field speak for themselves and off the field he carried himself in a way that all athletes should. For an organization short on Hall of Famers, the Jets now have a hell of a one in Martin. I encourage all fans to make the trip out to Canton this summer for his enshrinement.
Personally, I was lucky enough to meet Martin back when I was an intern at CBS in my sophomore year of college. He was in the building to do an interview about his retirement and we were putting together a project, that was for our intern program…not for the actual show we were working or that Martin was appearing on. However, he still agreed to sit down with me and be interviewed for our project. I had no experience with interviews and was now doing one in front of the camera with my favorite player on my favorite team.
Despite being the skillful and smooth actor I am now in front of the camera, at the time I was bumbling and clearly nervous. Martin made the process much easier by being patient and as kind as possible. He talked to me for nearly twenty minutes and the project ended up coming out great. He then invited me to go back to the Jets main office in midtown where he was speaking to all the beat reporters about his retirement.
I got to spend the afternoon sitting around a table with Martin and all of the writers covering the team, who were trading tons of interesting stories before he arrived about Martin’s career. To some this might not sound like much of a day, but for me at the time it was one of the most exciting and enjoyable days imaginable.
TOJ offers Martin a big congratulations and will definitely be hitting up Canton this August. I hope to see you all there.
…And if you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic about being skillful and smooth in front of the camera.