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Classy comments can only help Curtis Martin’s Hall of Fame chances

Curtis Martin

Former New York Jet Curtis Martin gestures while speaking during the Ring of Honor induction ceremony during halftime of a preseason NFL football game between the Jets and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Curtis Martin was passed over for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, and he wasted no time in commenting on the matter.

But Martin didn’t complain: Instead, he released a statement through the Jets’ public relations staff congratulating those who were chosen and saying he thinks the selection committee (which can choose a maximum of seven inductees each year) made the right choices.

“I think the voting committee did a great job selecting the 2011 class,” Martin said. “If I were a part of the committee I can’t say that I would have voted any differently. I’m not being modest at all, but I truly don’t feel that there’s anyone in this year’s class that I should have bested in the voting process. Of course I would have loved to get in this year but, number one the inductees truly deserved it, number two there’s always next year! I thank you all for the recognition and congratulations to this year’s inductees!”

Martin also said on Twitter that if he were to get in alongside his old coach Bill Parcells next year, that would make him glad he didn’t make it this year.

Although the selection committee is supposed to consider only what a player did on the field, those comments can only help Martin’s chances. He handled what some are calling a “snub” with class.