Curtis Martin Moves a Stadium with Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

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Every speech was great. A particularly funny moment during the evening was when Jack Butler stepped up for his speech, and Steeler Nation was cheering away, he told them that “That was enough”. I guess he wanted to move it along.

After every one else had spoken, it was Martin’s turn.

Bill Parcells, who coached him in New England and with the Jets, did the introduction. You could tell from his words, the clear affection Bill has for Curtis. He spoke so wonderfully of him from drafting him with New England, through his years in New York where he became, as Bill put it, “A true professional”.

Then, Curtis took the microphone and captivated an entire stadium.

He opened with a funny joke, telling us about how Willie Roaf, also inducted tonight, wanted everyone to go with him for a manicure and pedicure. Men do that, but when you are talking about an offensive lineman, that is still big even in retirement, it’s very funny.

Curtis went on to talk about his family, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the building.

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