The New York Jets retired former running back Curtis Martin’s number in 2012, but the story behind how he ended up wearing “28″ on his jersey in the first place isn’t widely known. As it turns out, a pastor’s advice — and Old Testament scripture – led him to adopt the two digits.
At the start of his college football career, Martin, 41, told NBC Sports that he was given the number 29, but that it wasn’t available when he became a rookie for the New England Patriots in 1995.
While he wasn’t too happy about changing, he ended up with the number 39 and later the number 26.
But when a fellow teammate was suddenly cut, Martin had the option to adopt the number 28, though he decided to get some consultation before he acted.
“I was speaking to someone about what numbers, what options I had and at the time I was speaking to a pastor and I told him what numbers were available between 26 and 28, and he said 28,” Martin told NBCSN’s “Pro Football Talk.” “He said because that is a really important Bible verse. It’s Deuteronomy 28, and he said that it talks about the blessings for obedience and all that.”
After hearing the pastor’s recommendation, the former football great decided to adopt the number along with a special ritual: before every game, Martin would read Deuteronomy 28 in preparation.
“That’s the reason why I wore number 28,” he proclaimed.
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SOURCE: The Blaze