Martin, Doleman and Dawson make Hall of Fame

first_imgby Barry WilnerINDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Curtis Martin has gone from the mean streets of Pittsburgh to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The star running back from Allderdice High School and Pitt who played with the Patriots and Jets for 11 seasons was one of six players elected Feb. 4 to the shrine. Martin once disliked playing the game, but used it to escape a neighborhood where his grandmother was murdered. HALL OF FAMER—New York Jets running back Curtis Martin carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers during a game in San Diego in 2005. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File) “When I get awarded something like the Hall of Fame, it’s almost foreign to me,” said Martin, the NFL’s No. 4 career rusher. “This wasn’t something I planned on doing. Football is something I did so I didn’t end up jailed or dead.“If you make up your mind to just do the right thing no matter what … and you stick to it, which I did, this is how things can turn around. I feel as if my life turned around from what it used to be, and I think anyone has a chance.”Martin and four linemen were elected to the hall, along with one senior committee choice. He is joined by Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter and Bill Parcells were among the finalists who didn’t make it.“I’m not even close to this position, I actually don’t think I’d play more than four or five years without Bill Parcells,” Martin said, indicating he will have his former coach present him for induction on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.A panel of 44 media members voted.Martin made it for his consistency and durability, rushing for 14,101 and 90 touchdowns. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, the first three with New England and the others with the Jets. The 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Martin won the NFL rushing title in 2004 with 1,697 yards.Doleman, who also starred at Pitt, was a sackmaster from the defensive line, Doleman at end and Kennedy at tackle.Doleman had 150 1/2 sacks in his 15 seasons, mostly with Minnesota, and was one of the prototype agile yet powerful pass rushers who dominate the game today. He made the Pro Bowl eight times and was fourth on the sacks list when he retired.“I am totally blown away by this and humbled by it,” Doleman said, adding his son, Evan, would present him for induction. “When they call your name, you’re absolutely numb.”Dawson made seven Pro Bowls as the Steelers’ center, that rare snapper who also could block defensive players one on one. He replaced a Hall of Famer, Mike Webster, and started for Pittsburgh for most of his 13 pro seasons.“You never know what your career is going to turn out to be,” Dawson said. “I knew I had big shoes to fill ‘cause it was my first year playing center. I never would have thought I would be in this position after my career.”“It is a great honor and because of being selected today, my phone has blown up.”last_img

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