A Football Life: Curtis Martin – My Preview

A Football Life: Curtis Martin – My Preview

I was given an advanced copy of the newest episode of A Football Life on Curtis Martin from NFL Films to get my early thoughts on the piece. WOW! Jets fans, you are going to love this one as Curtis goes back to his hometown of Pittsburgh and relives the major events in his life.

Curtis Martin has been one of my favorite players of all time but not just because of what he did on the field, but how he carried himself off during and especially after his career.

After watching the episode I was reminded of the pain Curtis endured growing up, specifically being left alone while his mother worked three jobs and also his interactions with his Father towards the end of his life.

I was at Curtis’ induction into the Hall of Fame in 2012 and I heard some of the story that day, but this episode does a great job at filling in some of the gaps and also shows the home and neighborhood where he grew up.

In the episode, Curtis talks about his faith and the deal he made with God. The image was powerful because it shows Curtis sitting in the actual pew where he asked God for his help.  After watching that scene, I recall on the bus leaving the Hall of Fame ceremony in 2012, I had an interaction with Curtis’ pastor.  He was sitting next to me and we had a conversation on how he knew Curtis and we spoke of his faith.

How Curtis Martin carried himself throughout his career and still does today is why I still gravitate towards anything he is involved in. A Football Life: Curtis Martin does a great job of taking you through his pains, his victories, and finally ends with a glimpse of  his happy life today which he shares with his wife and children.

Jets fans, you are not going to want to miss this episode, so get those DVRs ready for this Friday 9pm on the NFL Network.