Curtis Martin, running back for the New York Jets, has the notion that he can retire on his own terms which is, I suppose, noble assuming that you are retiting at the top of your game (good example – Jim Brown). For the good part of a decade, he was the fuel for the Jets and put up some very good stats during that period of time.
However, the idea that Martin wants to retire on his own terms has some holes in it. The first issue is the insurance policy that Martin held with Lloyd’s Of London. The policy states that the policy only pays him off if he suffers a career-ending injury that was caused by a “one-time” incident on the football field. It also states that degenerative conditions (osteoarthritis and other related health problems) are excluded from this provision. It is unclear at this time what the extent of the injury (I think it was an existing health condition) is or how it happened; this is where the plot gets interesting.
There are published reports circulating which state that Martin was a mulling a return. However, several well-placed sources who spoke to the New York Post who requested anonymity say that the reports are preposterous. On the contrary, Martin is planning his exit from the Jets. I suspect that the Jets have been planning for this for quite some time (trading for Ex-Bears RB Thomas Jones as an example). So basically, because the insurance policy that Martin took on will not pay him off and the fact that he suffers from a “degenerative health condition” (in his case, osteoarthritis), only hastens his retirement.
Curtis had an excellent career while with the Jets. He should go ahead and enjoy his post-football life (broadcasting in his future?) while he still has his health. Prolonging the inevitable will only be counterproductive in the long-term. Not to mention that he will be a Hall Of Fame inductee, based on his stats alone (Number 4 all-time in rushing yards behind 3 current and soon-to-be Hall Of Famers – Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton). Thanks for the good times Curtis; you did UCLA and the Jets proud.