Martin's playing days are over

Curtis Martin knows the bone-on-bone condition in his right knee is going to end his career.

"I've come to grips with the fact that my career is probably over," said Martin on Monday. "As I said, I'm grateful that I put in my all and I put my heart out on the field. I've done everything I can to help my team win games and at the end of the day, that's something I can leave the game with; no regrets."

When will it become official?

"I have to get with the team and coordinate with them," said Martin. "This year, my main concern was staying out of the team's way and not being a distraction. We said we'll settle everything in the off-season."

While Martin didn't have a chance to play under Eric Mangini, he was awfully impressed watching the coach operate this year.

"The thing I was most impressed with was that he stuck to his guns, even when a lot of us didn't agree with the way things were changing so rapidly," said Martin. "It was that change that got us this far, I know we wanted to go further, but I think for this team to accomplish what we had this year says a lot. For me, it says a lot about the coaching, because I'm a player and I know exactly what goes on, I study the game from a coach's perspective, so I know the difference that Eric and staff has made this year. It's one of the best coaching jobs I've ever seen."

But whatever Martin does in the future, coaching isn't on his radar.

"I don't think I want to coach," said Martin. "I really don't have time to coach and I don't think I want to coach, but there may be some way I can stay involved with the team. The team is like my family now, I've been here so long I feel more like a big brother figure to most of the guys here."


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