Curtis Martin Moves a Stadium with Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

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He spoke very openly about his Mom, and how he spent a lot of his young life protecting her. His Dad would burn his Mom with cigarettes, set her hair on fire with a lighter, and generally leave her in terrible shape. He couldn’t get through it without shedding tears, and neither could the audience.

We all know that Martin has had a tough life, but never did we know the detail that we learned tonight. From seeing people die, to having a gun held to his head and having the person pull the trigger seven times, Curtis Martin had clearly seen a lot as a young person. Not much of it was good.

A particularly moving moment to me was when Curtis talked about going to his Mom and asking her “Mom are you going crazy?” She responded no, and asked him why he asked her that question. He responded by saying that if anything happened to her, nobody would be left to take care of him(his dad was gone). Imagine that. Imagine having those types of feelings of abandonment at such a young age. Could any of us have turned out as well as him? Hard to say.

His Mom made him do something after school with his time because with everyone else being gone around her, she told her son Curtis that she might as well kill herself if anything happened to him. Could you handle that as a young person just trying to learn about life? I know I couldn’t.

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