Tuesday, December 13, 2005

THE END OF FOOTBALL JOURNEY FOR SOME NFL GREATS

There are number of standout players whose careers are expected to wind up this season. For the past 10 seasons, it was only Curtis Martin could accomplish 265 yards rushing in two games. This season, playing on a 2-10 team that has scored only one touchdown in a month, Martin’s only goal is to do it in the four games the New York Jets have left. That would make him the first NFL running back ever to start his career with 11 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. This would be a great accomplishment for this football team and for the guys that are on this team, the team will touch the summit if a high draft pick will net Reggie Bush as Martin’s successor. Apart Martin there are also many unsung heroes who spent their career primarily in the nation’s largest media market including Marshall Faulk, the 2000 MVP, Brett Favre and Steve McNair, Jerome Bettis, Ray Lewis, Troy Vincent, Rodney Harrison, Bryant Young, Zach Thomas, Jonathan Ogden. And, of course, that guy known simply as “T.O. the end of football journey here doesn’t necessarily mean that all will retire or that some might not even return to All-Pro form. It is also possible that their career would get an extension and they end up elsewhere. Lewis, for example, is only 30 and could bounce back from his second injury-curtailed season in four years.

The virtual certainty of Brett Favre, (QB, Green Bay, 36) is that he might retire if coach Mike Sherman is fired. Rodney Harrison, (S, New England, 32) is almost impossible for a DB of his age. Still, he’s a Patriot and there’s the Tedy Bruschi example. Ray Lewis, (LB, Baltimore, 30), will be back, probably as fierce as ever, if not quite as good. Bryant Young, (DE, San Francisco, 33) is the last player remaining from the ’94 champions. He was having an outstanding season until injuring a knee. If he recovers, he might go somewhere else and who knows?

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