It’s Chris Peak’s interview with Curtis Martin, and it’s perhaps the best former-Pitt-player interview I’ve heard, ever. Just extremely authentic, eye opening, and informative. Martin is a guy who played during some down years at Pitt, but went on to a very successful career in the NFL (and when I say very successful…the man is in The NFL Hall of Fame). The things he has to say about his time at Pitt, and pre-Pitt are really, really interesting.
The only area the Peak doesn’t explore, but Martin touches on a couple of times, are Martin’s philanthropic activities.
As an active NFL player, he founded the Curtis Martin Job Foundation, which provides financial and hands-on support for single parents, youth charities, individuals with disabilities as well as low-income housing providers. The foundation has also made an international impact, working to send doctors to developing nations to perform operations on underprivileged and uninsured patients.
This past May (2019), Martin received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City for his foundation’s work. In 2018, the Congressional Award Foundation presented him with the Horizon Award, which honors individuals from the private sector who have worked to expand opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions.
While Martin apparently keeps a low profile on the web (Google can’t point me to a Curtis Martin Web foundation website), he’s extremely active. Per an article on Yahoo sports about one year ago:
Once Martin began receiving his NFL paychecks in 1995, he began setting aside 12 to 15 percent of each to go toward his foundation; he now puts 20-25 percent of his earnings toward it.
He is the sole financial supporter of the organization.
Again, in this interview (if you haven’t listened to it already), you’ll hear as authentic a man as you ever will, Pitt man or not. Give it a listen. And while Martin may not have been a Pitt man in the past, I think we should all be proud to call him a Pitt man now and in the future.
Hail to Pitt