Emmitt Smith

Last updated

Emmitt Smith
Super Bowl 44 Emmitt Smith (4344089199) (cropped).jpg
Smith in 2010
No. 22
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1969-05-15) May 15, 1969 (age 52)
Pensacola, Florida
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Escambia (Pensacola, Florida)
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1990  / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:18,355
Yards per carry:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:164
Receptions:515
Receiving yards:3,224
Receiving touchdowns:11
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was a running back for 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the 1990s and 2000s, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys (he also played for the Arizona Cardinals at the end of his career). A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, he is the league's all-time leading rusher.

Contents

Smith grew up in Pensacola, Florida and became the second-leading rusher in American high school football history while playing for Escambia High School. Smith played three years of college football for the Florida Gators, where he set numerous school rushing records. After being named a unanimous All-American in 1989, Smith chose to forgo his senior year of eligibility and play professionally.

The Cowboys selected Smith in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft. During his long professional career, he rushed for 18,355 yards, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. He also holds the record for career rushing touchdowns with 164. [1] Smith is the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season (1993). He is also one of four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons, joining Steve Van Buren, Jim Brown and Earl Campbell. Smith led the league in rushing and won the Super Bowl in the same year three times (1992, 1993, and 1995) when to that point it had never been done. Smith is also one of only two non-kickers in NFL history to score more than 1,000 career points (the other being Jerry Rice). Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Smith played thirteen seasons with the Cowboys and two with the Arizona Cardinals. While playing for Dallas, Smith plus quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin were known as "The Triplets," and they led their team to three Super Bowl championships during the 1990s. [2]

Early years

Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of Mary J. Smith and Emmitt James Smith, Jr. [3] [4] At the age of eight, he played his first organized football game on a team that was sponsored by the Salvation Army. [5] He attended Escambia High School in Pensacola, where he played high school football and ran track for the Escambia Gators. During Smith's high school football career, Escambia won two state football championships, and Smith rushed for 106 touchdowns and 8,804 yards, which was the second most yardage in the history of American high school football at the time. Emmitt rushed for over 100 yards in 45 of the 49 games he started for Escambia (including the last 28 in a row) and finished with a 7.8 yards per carry average. [6] Twice, he broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark in a season. [7] In track & field, Smith competed as a sprinter and was a member of the 4 × 100 m (42.16 s) relay squad. [8]

For his efforts, Smith was named the USA Today and Parade magazine high school player of the year for 1986. [9] In 2007, twenty years after Smith graduated from high school, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) named Smith to its All-Century Team and recognized him as the Florida high school football "Player of the Century." [10]

Despite his accomplishments and accolades, some college recruiting analysts opined that he was too small and too slow to succeed in major college football when he signed to play for the University of Florida. [11] Recruiting expert Max Emfinger didn't list Smith among the top 50 high school running backs in his high school class and opined that, "Emmitt Smith is a lugger, not a runner. He's not fast. He can't get around the corner. When he falls flat on his face, remember where you heard it first." [12] [13]

College career

1987 season

Smith accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he played for coach Galen Hall's Gators for three seasons (19871989). [14] He did not start the first two games of his college career in the fall of 1987, but made the most of his opportunities in a second-week rout of Tulsa in which he gained 109 yards on just ten carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run. [15] That performance earned him a spot in the starting lineup the following week in the Gators' SEC opener against Alabama at Legion Field.

In his first collegiate start, Smith promptly broke Florida's 57-year-old all-time single game rushing record held by Red Bethea, carrying 39 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators upset the Crimson Tide. [6] Smith went on to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the seventh game of his freshman season, the fastest any running back had ever broken that barrier to begin his college career. [6] [16] He finished the season with 1,341 yards, was named SEC and National Freshman of the Year, [14] and was ninth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy. [17] [18] [19]

1988 season

Smith and the Gators began the 1988 season strong as Smith averaged over 120 yards per game, leading his team to 5-0 start. During the sixth contest against Memphis State, Smith injured his knee and was forced out of action for several weeks. The Gators lost the game in which he was injured plus their next three games, and with starting quarterback Kyle Morris also injured, they were unable to muster a single touchdown over 14 quarters of play. Once Smith returned to the lineup, they rebounded to finish the season 7-5, including a win in the 1988 All-American Bowl in which Smith ran for a 55-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and was named the game's MVP. [20] Smith rushed for 988 yards on the year (not including the bowl game) at 110 yards per game, the lowest totals of his college career. [14]

1989 season

Smith stayed healthy throughout his junior season in 1989 and found success again. He finished the campaign with Florida records for rushing yards in a season (1,599), rushing yards in a single game (316 versus New Mexico in October 1989), longest rushing play (96 yards against Mississippi State in 1988), career rushing yards (3,928), career rushing yards per game (126.7) and career rushing touchdowns (36), among many others. In all, Smith owned 58 school records at the conclusion of his Florida career [14] [21] despite playing on Florida teams with virtually no passing game, which made him the focal point of opposing defenses. [22]

At the conclusion of his junior season in 1989, Smith was named a first-team SEC selection for the third year and SEC Player of the Year, was a unanimous first-team All-American, and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting. [14] [23] [24] In his final game in the Freedom Bowl, he had few rushing attempts after Florida fell behind Washington early and were forced to throw. [25] [26] [27]

Days later on January 1, 1990, Steve Spurrier was introduced as the Gators' new head coach. [28] Smith, concerned about his potential role in Spurrier's reportedly pass-first offense, [upper-alpha 1] decided to forgo his senior year at Florida and enter the NFL draft, which for the first time in history allowed juniors to be eligible. [9] Smith returned to the university during the NFL off-season and completed his bachelor's degree in 1996.

Smith was subsequently inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1999, [29] [30] the Gator Football Ring of Honor and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. [31] As part of a series of articles written for The Gainesville Sun in 2006, he was recognized as the No. 3 all-time player among the top 100 from the first 100 years of the Gators football program. [32]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys (1990–2002)

In the 1990 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys considered drafting linebacker James Francis with their first round selection, but after he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cowboys focused on improving their running game when Smith started dropping, because despite his collegiate success, some NFL teams still felt that Smith was too small and slow for the pro game. [33] The Cowboys traded up with the Pittsburgh Steelers moving from the 21st to the 17th position, in exchange for a third round draft choice (#81-Craig Veasey), to select Smith in the first round. [34] Even though he missed all of the preseason after having the longest holdout by a rookie in franchise history, [35] he was able to start 15 games, rush for 937 yards and 11 touchdowns, while being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and receiving Pro Bowl honors.

Smith's #22 Cowboys jersey exhibited at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pro Football Hall of Fame (38093566614).jpg
Smith's #22 Cowboys jersey exhibited at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

In 1991, he registered 1,563 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He also clinched the first of four rushing titles, after tallying 160 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in the season finale.

In 1992, he set the Cowboys' single-season franchise record and won the rushing title with 1,713 yards. He also became the first player to win the league's rushing title and the Super Bowl in the same season.

In 1993, he missed all of training camp and the first 2 regular season games. The Cowboys lost both contests with rookie Derrick Lassic running in his place. With the season in jeopardy the Cowboys relented and reached an agreement, making Smith the highest paid running back in the league. [36] Smith posted 1,486 rushing yards, 9 touchdowns and helped the Cowboys become the first team to win a Super Bowl after starting the season 0-2. He also received the league MVP and the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award. On October 31, his 237 rushing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles set the single-season franchise record. His career signature game came in the season finale against the New York Giants, with the Cowboys desperately trying to clinch the NFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs, Smith suffered a first-degree separation in his right shoulder during the first half, but still finished with 229 total yards and played a key role in a 16-13 overtime win.

The next season saw Smith led the league with 21 rushing touchdowns, a new career-high despite battling a hamstring pull late in the season. However, the Cowboys lost the NFC Championship Game to the 49ers.

In 1995, Smith became the first player in league history to rush for 1,400 rushing yards or more in five consecutive seasons and set the NFL record with 25 rushing touchdowns. Smith, Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson and LaDainian Tomlinson are the only players with seven straight ten-touchdown seasons to start their careers. He also broke two of Tony Dorsett's Dallas franchise rushing records, the first for most consecutive initial games of a season with 100+ rushing yards (Smith's four to Dorsett's three) and the second for single-season rushing yards (1,773 to Dorsett's 1,646). Both records would hold for 19 years until 2014, when DeMarco Murray rushed for 100+ yards in each of his first eight games and accumulated 1,845 rushing yards over the course of the season.

In 1996, he scored his 100th career rushing touchdown and surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards, becoming just the twelfth player in league history and the youngest one to reach this milestone.

In 1998, he became the Cowboys' all-time leading rusher (passing Dorsett) and the NFL's all-time rushing touchdown leader (surpassing Marcus Allen). The next year, he became the NFL's all-time leader in career postseason rushing yards (1,586) and postseason rushing touchdowns (19).

With 1,021 rushing yards in 2001, Smith became the first player in NFL history with 11 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and the first to post eleven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career.

In 2002, he reached the goal he set as a rookie, finishing the season with 17,162 career yards and breaking the NFL rushing record previously held by Walter Payton against the Seattle Seahawks. After the season, the Cowboys hired head coach Bill Parcells who wanted to go with younger running backs and released Smith on February 26, 2003. [37]

Arizona Cardinals (2003–2004)

On March 26, 2003, Smith signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, who were not only looking for Smith to improve their team, but also helped them promote it with their local fan base. Responding to questions about what he could do as a 34-year old running back, he said "I think I'm a 1,300-yard back, and I will be out to prove that." Head Coach Dave McGinnis announced that Smith would start for the Cardinals. [38] On October 5, in a highly anticipated game, he returned to Texas Stadium to play against the Cowboys, but suffered a broken left shoulder blade after safety Roy Williams hit him in the second quarter. [39] The Cardinals lost 7-24, and Smith's 6 carries for minus-1 yards marked the first time in his career he rushed for negative yardage. The injury forced him to miss 6 games, and he eventually finished the season with 256 rushing yards and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry.

In 2004, new head coach Dennis Green was hired and named Smith as the team's starter at running back. He posted 937 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. He also became the oldest player in NFL history ever to throw his first touchdown pass, throwing a 21-yard touchdown strike on a halfback option play, the only passing attempt of his career.

Smith had 1,193 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and averaged 3.2 yards per carry in his 2-year time in Arizona. He also had 212 receiving yards, no receiving touchdowns and averaged 7.3 yards per reception in his 2-year time with the Arizona Cardinals. [40]

Three days before Super Bowl XXXIX on February 3, 2005, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL. He was not re-signed by the Cardinals and signed a one-day contract for one dollar with the Dallas Cowboys, after which he immediately retired with the team he had played with for most of his career. [41]

NFL records

Smith currently holds the NFL record in career rushing yards with 18,355, breaking the previous record held by Walter Payton, on October 27, 2002. [42] He leads all running backs with 164 career rushing touchdowns, and his 175 total touchdowns ranks him second only to Jerry Rice's 208. The total of his rushing yards, receiving yards (3,224) and fumble return yards (-15) gives him a total of 21,564 yards from the line of scrimmage, making him one of only four players in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000 combined-yards mark. (The others are Jerry Rice, Brian Mitchell and Walter Payton)

He is the NFL's all-time leader in rushing attempts with 4,409, the only player to post three seasons with 19 or more touchdowns, and the record-holder for most games in a season with a touchdown and most games in a season with a rushing touchdown (15), set in 1995.

Fan banner honoring the NFL's all-time leading rusher banner at Texas Stadium. Emmit Smith Rushing Banner.JPG
Fan banner honoring the NFL's all-time leading rusher banner at Texas Stadium.

Smith also accumulated several NFL postseason records, including rushing touchdowns (19), consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (9), and 100-yard rushing games (7). His 1,586 yards rushing is also top on the NFL postseason chart, and he shares the total playoff touchdown mark of 21 with Thurman Thomas. With the Cowboys, Smith won three Super Bowl rings and rushed for over 100 yards in two of those games, Super Bowl XXVII (108 yards and a touchdown, and six receptions for 27 yards), and Super Bowl XXVIII (132 yards and two touchdowns, and four receptions for 26 yards). Smith received the Super Bowl MVP award for Super Bowl XXVIII, becoming the only Cowboys running back ever to win the award. He also scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXX.

Smith is one of only five NFL players who have amassed over 10,000 career-rushing yards and 400 career receptions. Smith and Jerry Rice are the only two non-kickers in NFL history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Playing style

As a runner, Smith was consistently effective, though not dazzling in style. "(Smith) darted, slithered and followed his blockers, and squeezed yard after yard out of plays that didn't have any yards in them. He didn't look especially fast or powerful or blindingly deceptive, yet he couldn't be stopped." [15] Smith was noted for being a very durable back with excellent vision, tremendous leg strength, and great balance, and was known as one of the best second-effort runners ever. [43] Smith was also a reliable receiver and an excellent blocker in pass protection. [44]

During his career, he was often compared to Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, as both men were extremely successful for their respective teams and combined for 8 rushing titles during the 1990s. Some give Smith the edge for his consistent "north-south" style that took full advantage of Dallas' talented offensive line, while some think Sanders' spectacular running style with sudden changes of direction made him a better back. [45] Observers agree, though, that both Smith and Sanders were among the best running backs in league history. [46] [47] [48]

Although Smith is the only player to tell John Madden that Madden NFL rated his skills too high, [49] he was ranked No. 68 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999, [50] three years before becoming the game's all-time rushing yardage leader.

NFL career statistics

Legend
AP NFL MVP
Won the Super Bowl
NFL record
Led the league
BoldCareer high

Regular season

YearTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GPGSAttYardsAvgLngTDA/GY/GRecYardsAvgLngTDR/GY/GFumLost
1990 DAL 16152419373.9481115.158.6242289.55701.514.370
1991 DAL 16163651,5634.3751222.897.7492585.31413.116.180
1992 DAL 16163731,7134.6681823.3107.1593355.72613.720.942
1993 DAL 14132831,4865.362920.2106.1574147.38614.129.641
1994 DAL 15153681,4844.0462124.598.9503416.86813.322.710
1995 DAL 16163771,7734.7602523.6110.8623756.04003.923.476
1996 DAL 15153271,2043.7421221.880.3472495.32133.116.652
1997 DAL 16162611,0744.144416.367.1402345.92402.514.611
1998 DAL 16163191,3324.2321319.983.3271756.52421.710.932
1999 DAL 15153291,3974.2631121.993.1271194.41421.87.953
2000 DAL 16162941,2034.152918.475.211797.21900.74.965
2001 DAL 14142611,0213.944318.672.9171166.82201.28.311
2002 DAL 16162549753.830515.960.916895.61701.05.631
2003 ARI 105902562.82229.025.6141077.63601.410.720
2004 ARI 15152679373.529917.862.5151057.01801.07.041
Career [51] 2262194,40918,3554.27516419.581.25153,2246.386112.314.36125

Life after football

In 2002, Smith and his wife founded the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities [52] as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to "seek a reality where children have the resources necessary to realize their full potential."

In September 2005, Smith signed on to serve as a studio analyst on the NFL Network show, NFL Total Access .

On September 19, 2005, at halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game (broadcast on Monday Night Football ), Smith was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor with his long-time teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.

On July 23, 2006, Smith was a judge at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant.

In the fall of 2006, Smith won the third season of Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Cheryl Burke. Smith was praised for "making dancing look manly" and for his "natural charm," and Burke was given credit for coaching Smith while still allowing him to improvise some moves.

On March 12, 2007, Smith joined ESPN as a studio analyst for their NFL pre-game coverage alongside Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Chris Mortensen. However, he was removed from this coverage for the 2008 season. Instead, he appeared Sunday mornings during the NFL season on SportsCenter . He performs with Steve Young and Stuart Scott at the Monday Night Football site each week on Monday Night Countdown. [53] His contract was not renewed for the 2009 season.

Smith was criticized by some in the media and sports blogs as being inarticulate. [54] Jimmy Kimmel Live! created a video called "Emmitt Smith: Wordsmith" mocking his numerous malapropisms. Sports Illustrated's Peter King called Smith's comments regarding Michael Vick's involvement in the Bad Newz Kennels "idiotic and inappropriate." [55]

Smith was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, in his first year of eligibility.

On February 7, 2010, Smith flipped the coin at the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints.

In June 2010, Smith returned to his high school alma mater, Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, for a taping of ESPN's show Homecoming with Rick Reilly. In October 2010, he was inducted into the Escambia High School Sports Hall of Fame during halftime of an EHS football game, along with former Seattle Mariners third baseman Jim Presley and several other EHS alumni.

In 2005, Smith made his first move toward becoming a real estate developer: He teamed with another Cowboy legend, Roger Staubach, the founder and CEO of Staubach Co., to form Smith/Cypress Partners LP, a real estate development enterprise specializing in transforming underutilized parcels in densely populated areas into commercially viable properties anchored by national retail giants. [56]

In his first deal, Smith helped the firm sign Mervyn's, a California-based department store chain, to anchor a $45 million, 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) project in Phoenix.

With access to $50 million in capital, Smith has several other projects in the works. He has a letter of intent to develop a 65-acre (260,000 m2) site in a densely populated yet underserved area near northwest Fort Worth (it was formerly a college operated by a Masonic lodge), and he is currently negotiating for rights to another potential project in southeastern Fort Worth.[ when? ]

On one of the sites, Smith plans to build a complex with as much as 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of retail space, more than double the size of the Phoenix property. "There's a huge need for top-quality retail in these areas, and I understand how the deals are cut," Smith said before lunch. "I'm not an engineer. I'm not a contractor. And I'm still learning the jargon. But I understand deals, and the only way to grow is to be in the middle of the deals."[ when? ][ citation needed ]

Smith/Cypress is a joint venture (Smith owns 51 percent) with Cypress Equities, the retail development arm of Roger Staubach's real estate services company. Early in his own playing career, Smith approached the former Cowboy quarterback with an interest in learning more about real estate. Skeptical at first, Staubach told Smith to spend some time at his company's offices during the spring and summer if he was sincere. Smith did just that, spending the off-season at Staubach Co.'s headquarters in Dallas. Staubach founded the company in the late 1970s to locate and negotiate office and retail space for clients. In 2006 the privately held firm had transactions totaling $26 billion and 835 million square feet (77,600,000 m2) of space. [57]

In 2014, Smith's company began a nationwide expansion, including into New York City. [58]

Smith also co-founded ESmith Legacy, a Baltimore-based company that specializes in commercial real estate development and investment management. [56] He serves as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. [59]

In 2007, he was a guest on How I Met Your Mother , where he joked about Super Bowl on this question asked by Barney Stinson "What is more important than the Super Bowl? - Dance, my friend, dance".

Smith participated in the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating David Williams in the first round and losing in the second round to Andrew Robl.

He returned to Dancing with the Stars in its fifteenth season as one of the "All-Stars" contestants. [60] Smith once again had Cheryl Burke as his professional dance partner. [61] They were voted off during the ninth week of the competition.

In 2016, Smith took the position of co-owner alongside founder and president Ben Davis of The Gents Place, an ultra-premium men's grooming and lifestyle club founded in Frisco, Texas. [62] The company has grown to include lifestyle clubs in Dallas and Southlake, as well as Leawood, Kansas. [63]

In 2019, Smith appeared on an episode of Deal or No Deal to support a contestant who idolizes him. [64]

Personal life

Smith was initiated as a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at the University of Florida. He returned to the university during the NFL offseason to complete his coursework, and graduated with his bachelor's degree in public recreation in May 1996. [65]

Smith is a devout Christian. [66] He has a daughter, Rheagen Smith (born November 2, 1998), with ex-girlfriend Hope Wilson. [67] He married former Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall on April 22, 2000. They have three children together: Emmitt James Smith IV (born May 15, 2002), Skylar Smith (born October 15, 2003), and Elijah Alexander James Smith (born September 22, 2010). [68] [69] Smith is also the stepfather to Jasmine Page Lawrence (born January 15, 1996), who is Southall's daughter with ex-husband, actor-comedian Martin Lawrence. [70]

His brother, Emory, played on the practice squads of the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. [71] His eldest son, E.J. Smith, committed to play college football at Stanford in 2020. [72]

He is a Democrat, but also said it "may be true" that he is a conservative. [73]

See also

Related Research Articles

Super Bowl XXVIII 1994 Edition of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XXVIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1993 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills for the second straight year by the score of 30–13, winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl wins. The game was played on January 30, 1994, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the 1993 regular season was conducted over 18 weeks, the traditional bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl was not employed; the last time this had happened was before Super Bowl XXV.

Super Bowl XXX 1996 edition of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XXX was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1995 season. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers by the score of 27–17. The game was played on January 28, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, the first time the Super Bowl was played in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Bob Hayes

Robert Lee "Bullet Bob" Hayes was an Olympic gold medalist sprinter who then became an American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. Bob Hayes is the only athlete in history to win the Olympic Gold and a Super Bowl title. An American track and field athlete, he was a two-sport stand-out in college in both track and football at Florida A&M University. He has one of the top 100 meter times by NFL players. Hayes was enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001 and was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2009. Hayes is the second Olympic gold medalist to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after Jim Thorpe. He once held the world record for the 70-yard dash. He also is tied for the world's second-fastest time in the 60-yard dash. He was once considered the "world's fastest human" by virtue of his multiple world records in the 60-yard, 100-yard, 220-yard, and Olympic 100-meter dashes. Hayes is the only athlete to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring. He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Michael Irvin American football wide receiver, actor, and sports commentator

Michael Jerome Irvin is an American sports commentator and former professional football wide receiver. Irvin played college football at the University of Miami, and was selected in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent his entire 12-year National Football League (NFL) career (1988-1999) with the team, before it ended due to a spinal cord injury. Irvin was nicknamed "the Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers. He is one of three key Cowboys offensive players who helped the team attain three Super Bowl wins: he is known as one of "The Triplets" along with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He is also a former broadcaster for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and currently an analyst for NFL Network. In 2007, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Don Perkins

Donald Anthony Perkins is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of New Mexico.

Thurman Thomas American football running back

Thurman Lee Thomas is an American former professional football player who was a running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. He was selected by the Bills in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft, where he spent all but one season of his pro career. Thomas spent his final NFL year as a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2000.

Larry Allen American football guard

Larry Christopher Allen Sr. is an American former professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Sonoma State Seawolves. At 6 ft 3 in height and weighing 325 pounds, Allen is regarded as one of the physically strongest men to have ever played in the NFL, having recorded an official bench press of 705 lb (320 kg) and a squat of 905 lb (411 kg). He also did 20 repetitions of incline bench press with 520 lb (236 kg). Despite his strength and size, he still had speed to run down defenders.

Daryl Johnston American football player, NFL analyst

Daryl Peter "Moose" Johnston is a former fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Syracuse University. He was the General Manager of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football in 2019, and currently serves as Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Renegades.

John L. Williams is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Williams played college football for the University of Florida. A first-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.

Timothy LaRaySmith is an American former professional football player who was a runningback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Smith rose to stardom after setting a rushing record in Super Bowl XXII.

Troy Aikman American football quarterback

Troy Kenneth Aikman is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. After playing college football at UCLA, where he won the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, he was selected first overall by the Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft. Aikman was named to six Pro Bowls during his career while helping lead Dallas to a period of dominance in the 1990s. The longest-tenured quarterback in Cowboys franchise history, Aikman won three Super Bowl titles with the team and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ernest Lee Mills, III is an American former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Florida.

Willie Bernard Jackson, Jr. is a former American professional football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Florida. As a football coach, he was the wide receivers coach for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

Johnny Roland American football player and coach

Johnny Earl Roland is a former American football player and coach. He played as a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966 to 1972 and the New York Giants in 1973. Roland played college football at the University of Missouri, where he was a consensus All-American in 1965 as a defensive back. After his playing days, he served as an assistant coach with the number of NFL teams and at the University of Notre Dame. Roland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1998.

Sherman Cedric Williams is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys; he was a member of their Super Bowl XXX team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at the University of Alabama.

The 1995 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League and was the second year under head coach Barry Switzer and final of the three Super Bowl titles they would win during 1992 to 1995. Dallas would be the first team to ever win three Super Bowls in a span of four seasons. Switzer guided the Cowboys to a fifth Super Bowl win by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. As of 2020, this is the last time the Cowboys appeared in the NFC Championship Game, and in turn, their last Super Bowl appearance.

The 1993 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League and was the fifth and final year of the franchise under head coach Jimmy Johnson. During Johnson's tenure, the Cowboys made two of their three Super Bowl appearances between 1992 and 1995 and won back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The season is notable for seeing the Cowboys become the first team to start 0–2 and still reach the Super Bowl. The following off-season was marked by the surprising resignation of Johnson, whom departed the Cowboys due to a dispute with owner Jerry Jones of who deserved more credit of the back-to-back Super Bowl wins. This would be Johnson's last head coaching job until 1996, when he became the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins to replace the retiring Don Shula, whom served as their head coach since 1970.

The 1992 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League and was the fourth year of the franchise under head coach Jimmy Johnson which the Cowboys made one of three Super Bowl appearances between 1992–95.

Derrick Owens Lassic is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Alabama.

Joseph Brodsky was an American football coach. He won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and two national championships at the University of Miami. He played college football at the University of Florida.

References

  1. Smith's school rushing record would be broken by Errict Rhett, Spurrier's first starting running back at Florida, albeit over four seasons instead of three and on 173 more rushing attempts. [14]
  1. "NFL Rushing Touchdowns Career Leaders | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  2. "Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin Heading Into Ring Of Honor," ESPN (September 20, 2005). Retrieved on October 30, 2011.
  3. Bbcwhodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com. Bbcwhodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com. Retrieved on October 30, 2011.
  4. "2". Who Do You Think You Are?. Season 1. Episode 2. March 12, 2010. NBC.
  5. "Flashback: Emmitt Smith's path to stardom with the Cowboys, and his late mother's role in getting him there". Dallas News. November 28, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  6. 1 2 3 Zimmerman, Paul (October 21, 1991). "As he was in high school and college, Emmitt Smith". Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  7. "Emmit Smith Career Biography and Statistics". Allsports.com. Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. 1 2 "ESPN Classic – Emmitt gives new meaning to Sweetness". Espn.go.com. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  10. "Florida player of century: Emmitt Smith". The Gainesville Sun. December 16, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  11. "Hall of Fame welcomes Emmitt Smith". The Gainesville Sun. May 17, 2006. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  12. "Emmitt Smith is why you never trust recruiting 'experts'". The Orlando Sentinel. August 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  13. Hannon, Kent (October 31, 1987). "FLORIDA'S SMITH PASSES THE FRESHMAN CLASS". The New York Times . Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  14. 1 2 3 4 5 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine , University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 82, 83, 86, 88, 92, 96, 98, 99, 101–102, 127, 138–140, 143, 146–148, 152, 158, 159, 162, 173, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  15. 1 2 Telander, Rick (November 16, 1987). "Hopes were high for Florida's Emmitt Smith and Ohio – 11.16.87 – SI Vault". Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  16. "NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. p. 5" (PDF).
  17. Greene, Bob (December 6, 1987). "Heisman is won by Tim Brown". Gainesville Sun. (Florida). Associated Press. p. 1E.
  18. "Heisman voting". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 6, 1987. p. 2F.
  19. "Former Gator Great Emmitt Smith Enshrined Into College Football Hall of Fame". Gatorzone.com. July 21, 2007. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  20. Bowl / All-Star Game Records (PDF). NCAA. 2011. p. 100.
  21. "Career Highlights". Emmitt Smith Official website. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  22. Markus, Don (November 19, 1989). "Heisman Race: What Should Count Most?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  23. 2012 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 9 & 14 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  24. Sports-Reference.com, College Football, 1989 Heisman Trophy Voting. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  25. King, Bill (December 31, 1989). "Florida finishes with a flop 34-7". Gainesville Sun. (Florida). p. 1C.
  26. "Huskies roll past Florida in 34-7 win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 31, 1989. p. 1D.
  27. Borst, Don (January 1, 1990). "After Freedom Bowl win, Huskies optimistic for '90". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). McClatchey News Service. p. C2.
  28. Kallestad, Brent (January 1, 1990). "Spurrier accepts Florida offer". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). p. 1B.
  29. F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  30. Dwight Collins, "UF inductees bask in glory," Ocala Star-Banner, p. 7D (September 11, 1999). Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  31. College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Emmitt Smith. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  32. Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 3 Emmitt Smith," The Gainesville Sun (August 31, 2006). Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  33. "How Emmitt Became A Cowboy" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  34. "Cowboys add to skill positions" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  35. "Emmitt Ends Holdout, Signs With Cowboys" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  36. "Smith Gets His Cash, Rejoins The Cowboys" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  37. "Cowboys release Smith" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  38. Goldberg, Dave. "Emmitt Smith signs with Cardinals." The Oklahoman, March 27, 2003. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  39. "Emmitt's left shoulder blade broken" . Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  40. "Emmitt Smith Stats | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". www.profootballhof.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  41. "Emmitt Smith – Biography". Netglimse.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  42. "Emmitt Smith Becomes the All-Time King of Rushers! | This Day In NFL History (10/27/02)". YouTube.com. NFL. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  43. "TSN Presents – Football's 100 Greatest Players". Archive.sportingnews.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  44. "ESPN – Johnson, Slaton proving capable in pass protection – AFC South". Myespn.go.com. Retrieved December 26, 2008.[ permanent dead link ]
  45. Keown, Tim (1997). "Running debate: Barry or Emmitt? | Sporting News, The | Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  46. Brandt, Gil. "Gil Brandt's 25 greatest NFL running backs of all time". NFL.com. NFL. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  47. "List Ranker - Rank Em: NFLs Greatest Running Backs - ESPN". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  48. McVey, Rob. "25 Greatest Running Backs in NFL History". AthlonSports.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  49. Snider, Mike (August 6, 2008). "As John Madden would say, 'Boom!' His NFL game turns 20". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  50. "TSN Presents – Football's 100 Greatest Players". The Sporting News. 1999. Archived from the original on November 5, 2005. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  51. "Emmitt Smith NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  52. "Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities". www.facebook.com. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  53. "Ex-Cowboys great Smith joins ESPN as NFL analyst". Sports.espn.go.com. March 12, 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  54. "Bengals have issues; Chad's not one of 'em". Dayton Daily News website. October 23, 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  55. "Monday Morning QB". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. July 23, 2007. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  56. 1 2 Hughes, C. J. "After Sports Careers, Vying in the Real Estate Arena," ''The New York Times'', Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Nytimes.com (July 20, 2010). Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  57. Johnson, Roy S. (January 22, 2007). "Emmitt Smith: Cowboy, dancer, real estate tycoon". CNN. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  58. Levitt, David M. "Emmitt Smith to tackle N.Y. real estate market". Star Telegram. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  59. "Leadership". ESmith Legacy. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016. Emmitt J. Smith, Chairman & CEO
  60. "Dancing with the Stars reveals all-star cast". July 27, 2012.
  61. "'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' pairs announced!". August 13, 2012.
  62. Sandlin, Eileen Figure (2010). Startup – Start Your Own Hair Salon and Day Spa. Entrepreneur Press. p. 9. ISBN   978-1599183466.
  63. Tabacnic, Rachel. "Ultra-premium Men's Grooming & Lifestyle Club, The Gents Place, Launches National Franchise Program". PR Newswire. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  64. Deal or No Deal [@DealorNoDealCNBC] (February 15, 2019). "Pro Football Hall of Famer @emmittsmith22 joins us on Wednesday's all new #DealOrNoDeal. 🏈💼 Don't miss it- 9p ET/PT on CNBC!" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  65. "Emmitt Smith Biography". Sports.jrank.org. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  66. "Emmitt Smith Speaker & Agent Info: Christian Speakers 360". www.christianspeakers360.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  67. "Pulse of the CITY". D Magazine. D Magazine Partners, Inc. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  68. ESPN.go.com. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on October 30, 2011.
  69. Prejean, Jeanne. "Pat and Emmitt Smith Welcome Elijah Alexander James Smith". DMagazine.com. D Magazine Partners, Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  70. TVguide.com. TVguide.com (May 15, 1969). Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  71. "#22 EMORY SMITH FULL BACK". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2010.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Claymores.co.uk
  72. "4-star athlete E.J. Smith, son of NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, commits to Stanford". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  73. "Emmitt Smith on 'Hannity'". Fox News. Retrieved December 18, 2020.

Bibliography

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Walter Payton
NFL career rushing yards leader
2002–present
Succeeded by
Current
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 3
(Fall 2006 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough