Famous NFL Runningback Retires

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets running back Curtis Martin has retired.

The announcement comes 19 months after the NFL's fourth leading rusher played his final game.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection said in January that he had probably played his last game because of a bone-on-bone right knee injury suffered during the 2005 season.

Martin made the long-anticipated decision official a day before the Jets open training camp.

The 34-year-old Martin said in a statement ``retirement is not an end, but a beginning.''

Martin finished with 14,101 yards rushing over eleven active seasons. He ranks behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

The Jets will honor Martin in a special ceremony before the beginning of the regular season.

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