Unlike most other people in the area, Martin took the tact that this will be good for Mark, likening the situation to when the Jets selected Lamont Jordon in 2001 as his heir-apparent.
“I thought he probably should’ve had my position because he had more ability,” Martin said. “I told LaMont, ‘You’re bigger, stronger and faster than me, but you’re going to have to work to take my position.’
“I looked at LaMont Jordan as a daily reminder that your time in this game is short lived. He pushed me to become the best I could possibly be. If he was better than me, fine, I would’ve gone someplace else. But he made me a better player and the Jets a better team.”
Curtis proceded to continue with his hall of fame production, while Lamont Jordan remained a backup until he signed with the Oakland Raiders. He never came close to fulfilling his potential.