PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The 2012 class of Pro Football Hall of Fame saw a lot of Pittsburgh connections, but one in particular has made news with his impassioned induction speech.
Curtis Martin played for the Patriots and the Jets, was a the Pittsburgh Panther, and grew up in Pittsburgh in Point Breeze.
Martin didn’t play football until his senior year of high school, and that was only after his mother talked him into it. Despite not having a passion for playing football, he was able to escape the violence and crime of his neighborhood, his abusive father, and a lifestyle that would have seen him dead at an early age.
During his induction speech, Martin spoke for 27 minutes without notes, talking about his abusive father that he later reconciled with, the tough love he got from his mom, and his rough childhood in Pittsburgh.
KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talk to Rochella Martin, Curtis’ mom, about what she thinks of his honesty and sincerity in his speech that she is still very emotional over.