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Emmitt Smith

Smith at a 2007 speech.
No. 22     
Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: May 15, 1969 (1969-05-15) (age 40)
Place of birth: Pensacola, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 1990 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2004 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2004
Rushing yards     18,355
Average     4.2
Rushing TDs     164
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is a Hall of Fame American football player. He was an All-American at the University of Florida before playing professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, and is the NFL's all-time rushing leader, a record formerly held by his childhood hero, Walter Payton. He 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. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Smith is the first player from the 1990 NFL Draft to be inducted.

While playing for the Cowboys, Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin were "The Triplets" who led their team to three Super Bowl championships during the 1990s.[1]

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Early years

Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of Mary (née Clements) and Emmitt James Smith II.[2][3] He attended Escambia High School in Pensacola. During his football career there, 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.[4] Twice, he broke the 2000 yard rushing mark in a season.[5]

For his efforts, Smith was named the USA Today and Parade Magazine high school player of the year for 1986.[6] In 2007, Smith was named the best player in the 100 year history of Florida high school football by the Florida High School Athletic Association.[7]

Yet despite his accomplishments and accolades, some college recruiting experts opined that he was too small and too slow to succeed in major college football[8] when he signed to play at the University of Florida.

College career

Emmitt Smith 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 2nd-week rout of Tulsa in which he gained 109 yards on just 10 carries, including a 66 yard touchdown run.[9] That performance earned him his first collegiate start in the next contest: the SEC opener against Alabama in Birmingham.

In his first full game, Smith promptly broke Florida's 40-year old all-time single game rushing record, carrying 39 times for 224 yards and 2 TDs as the Gators upset the Crimson Tide.[4] Smith went on to break the 1000-yard barrier in the 7th game of his freshman season, the fastest any running back had ever broken that barrier to begin his college career.[4] He finished the 1987 season with 1,341 yards and was named Southeastern Conference and National Freshman of the Year.[10] He also finished 9th in that year's Heisman voting.[11]

Smith started the 1988 season strong until injuring his knee against Memphis State. The Gators, who had reeled off a 5-0 record with Smith in the backfield, lost the game in which he was injured and then the next three as well while Smith was unable to play. Upon returning, he almost reached 1000 yards on the season, finishing with 988.[12]

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), and career rushing touchdowns (36), among many others. In all, Smith owned 58 school records at the conclusion of his Florida career[10][13] despite playing on Florida teams with virtually no passing game,[14] making him the focal point of opposing defenses.

At the conclusion of the 1989 season, Smith was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was selected to many All-American lists, and finished 7th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.[11]

On January 1, 1990, Florida hired Steve Spurrier to coach the Gators. Smith, concerned about his place in Spurrier's reportedly pass-first offense, decided to forgo his senior year at Florida and enter the NFL draft[6] (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).[15]

Smith was subsequently inducted into the Gator Football Ring of Honor and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Despite his collegiate success, some NFL teams still felt that Smith was too small and slow for the pro game.[16] He fell to the 17th pick in the first round, when he was picked by the Dallas Cowboys, who had traded up to draft him.

Smith was the first player in NFL history to have five consecutive seasons with over 1,400 rushing yards. Smith, Jim Brown, and LaDainian Tomlinson are the only players with seven straight 10-touchdown seasons to start their careers. 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 11 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career. He is the NFL's all-time leader in rushing attempts with 4,409.

NFL's all-time leading rusher banner from Texas Stadium

Smith currently holds the NFL record in career rushing yards with 18,355, breaking the previous record held by Walter Payton on October 27th of the 2002 NFL season. 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 sum of his rushing yards, receiving yards (3,224) and fumble return yards (-15) give 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.

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, along with 6 receptions for 27 yards), and Super Bowl XXVIII (132 yards and two touchdowns, along with 4 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 out of all their Super Bowl wins.

Smith is one of only five NFL players who have amassed over 10,000 career-rushing yards and 400 career receptions. Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice are the only two non-kickers to score 1000 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."[9] 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.[17] Smith was also a reliable receiver and an excellent blocker in pass protection.[18]

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.[19] Observers agree, though, that both Smith and Sanders were among the greatest men to ever play the game.[20]

In 1999, while he was still playing and three years before becoming the game's all-time rushing yardage leader, Smith was ranked number 68 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.[21]

Retirement

Three days before Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL. He was released by the Arizona Cardinals and signed a one day contract for no money with the Dallas Cowboys – after which he immediately retired as a Cowboy, the team he played for from 1990 to 2002.[22]

After football

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 longtime 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 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 pregame coverage alongside Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Chris Mortensen. However, he was removed from this coverage for the 2008 season. Instead, he appears 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.[23] His contract was not renewed for the 2009 season.

Smith was criticized by some in the media and sports blogs as being inarticulate.[24] 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."[25]

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

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

Video games

He had a football video game named in his likeness called Emmitt Smith Football which featured all 28 NFL teams and was commentated by Emmitt Smith. It was released in 1994 for the Super NES and Sega Genesis. He is also in the Dancing with the Stars videogame, partnered with Cheryl Burke, his dance companion during his season on the show.

Personal

Smith is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at Florida and returned to school during the off-season to take classes. He received his degree in Public Recreation from the University of Florida in May, 1996.[26]

Smith married former Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall on April 22, 2000. They have a son, Emmitt IV, who was born on Smith's 33rd birthday, May 15, 2002, and a daughter, Skylar, born in October 2003.[27] Smith also has a daughter (Rheagen Smith) by ex-girlfriend Hope Wilson and a stepdaughter (Jasmin Page Lawrence), Southall's daughter from her previous marriage to comedian Martin Lawrence.[28]

2006 - Dancing with the Stars

Week Dance/Song Carrie
Ann Inaba
Len
Goodman
Bruno
Tonioli
Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Son of a Preacher Man" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Tango/"Simply Irresistible" 7 6 6 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Espana Cani" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Samba/"Cha Cha" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Jive/"Lewis Boogie Blues" 8 8 9 Safe
7 Waltz/"Hushabye Mountain"
Mambo/"Que Bueno Baila Usted"
10
10
9
10
9
9
Safe
8 Foxtrot/"Witchcraft"
Rumba/"Spooky"
8
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
9 Waltz/"At This Moment"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Dance to the Music"
9
10
10
10
10
10
Bottom Two
10 Samba/"Sir Duke"
Mambo/"Que Bueno Baila Usted"
Freestyle/"U Can't Touch This"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
WINNER

References

  1. ^ Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin Heading Into Ring Of Honor
  2. ^ http://www.bbcwhodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/episode/us/emmitt-smith
  3. ^ "2". Who Do You Think You Are?. NBC. 2010-03-12. No. 2, season 1.
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  5. ^ "Emmit Smith Career Biography and Statistics". Allsports.com. http://www.allsports.com/players/emmit-smith/. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b "ESPN Classic - Emmitt gives new meaning to Sweetness". Espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Smith_Emmitt.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ Emanuel, Bob (2007-12-15). "Emmitt Smith named state's best ever". Miami Herald website. http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/345408.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28``. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame welcomes Emmitt Smith". The Gainesville Sun website. 2006-05-17. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20060517/GATORS01/205170347. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  9. ^ a b Telander, Rick (1987-11-16). "Hopes were high for Florida's Emmitt Smith and Ohio - 11.16.87 - SI Vault". Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com. http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1066692/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  10. ^ a b "2002 Florida Gators media guide" (PDF). pp. 236–47. http://www.gatorzone.com/football/media/2002/pdf/236-247.pdf. 
  11. ^ a b "Former Gator Great Emmitt Smith Enshrined Into College Football Hall of Fame". Gatorzone.com. 2007-07-21. http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=12405&sport=footb&html=football/news/20070721072100.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
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  13. ^ "Career Highlights". Emmitt Smith Official website. http://www.emmittsmith.com/ssp/highlights/. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  14. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-11-19/sports/sp-389_1_heisman-race?pg=3
  15. ^ "2003 Florida Gators media guide" (PDF). pp. 173. http://www.gatorzone.com/football/media/2003/pdf/296-297.pdf. 
  16. ^ "Emmitt Smith Scrapbook: Timeline". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2002-08-12. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/features/smith/timeline/. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  17. ^ "TSN Presents - Football's 100 Greatest Players". Archive.sportingnews.com. http://archive.sportingnews.com/nfl/100/68.html. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  18. ^ "ESPN - Johnson, Slaton proving capable in pass protection - AFC South". Myespn.go.com. http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-6-140/Johnson--Slaton-proving-capable-in-pass-protection.html. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
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  20. ^ Pugh, Bobby (2002-11-04). "Emmitt Smith's attitude off the field is just as important". Media.www.pittnews.com. http://media.www.pittnews.com/media/storage/paper879/news/2002/11/04/Sports/Emmitt.Smiths.Attitude.Off.The.Field.Is.Just.As.Important-1796761.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
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  23. ^ "Ex-Cowboys great Smith joins ESPN as NFL analyst". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-03-12. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2795627. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  24. ^ "Bengals have issues; Chad's not one of 'em". Dayton Daily News website. 2007-10-23. http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/bengals/2007/10/23/ddn102407arch.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  25. ^ "Monday Morning QB". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2007-07-23. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/07/22/vick/2.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  26. ^ "Emmitt Smith Biography". Sports.jrank.org. http://sports.jrank.org/pages/4479/Smith-Emmitt.html. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  27. ^ http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Smith_Emmitt.html
  28. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/emmitt-smith/bio/215160

[1]Emmitt Smith People Page

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Walter Payton
NFL Career Rushing Yards Leader
2002—present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Thurman Thomas
AP NFL Most Valuable Player
1993
Succeeded by
Steve Young
Preceded by
Troy Aikman
NFL Super Bowl MVPs
Super Bowl XXVIII, 1993
Succeeded by
Steve Young
Preceded by
Barry Sanders
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1990
Succeeded by
Leonard Russell
Preceded by
Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 3 (Fall 2006 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Emmitt Smith in 2007

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player. He played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals and is the NFL's all-time rushing leader, a record formerly held by his childhood hero, Walter Payton. He is the only running back to ever have won 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. While playing for the Cowboys, Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin were the "Triplets" who led their team to three Super Bowl championships during the 1990s.

Sourced

  • What I accomplished definitely wasn't achieved by myself. Without others, none of this would have been possible.
  • History has never seen Emmitt Smith. I don't care what has come before me. That's why they call it history you create new history.
    • Rick Gosselin (August 10, 2003) "Making another rush at history - Smith shooting for 1,000-yard season", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, p. C8.
  • Your biggest fear is the transition from football to business. You feel inferior at the beginning. You don't have the knowledge to compete. But once you start focusing and understanding, then you start relating to things.
  • In order to achieve great things in your life, you have to be consistent in what you are doing.
    • Scott Ferrell (August 30, 2002) "Smith has record in sight", The Times, p. 21G.
  • I love to play bid whist as much as I love football.
  • My idea, my dream, my goal, is to go out and legitimize this sport and compete at the Olympic Games with my peers in the football arena.
    • Doug Robinson (February 10, 1996) "Honest! Emmitt Is Going For Gold", The Deseret News, p. D1.
  • It's nice to know that people are paying attention to you on the other side of the ball, but it's also kind of sad because you feel like you're a man that's being hunted down by some vicious animal. I feel they're going to come after me and do whatever they can to shut down the run, and that makes a difference with me in going out and doing my job.
    • Jim Greenidge (January 24, 1996) "Smith Rose to the Occasion in '95 Cowboy Mainstay Had Get-Up-And-Go", Boston Globe, p. 54.
  • Football is a team sport, and there is no one individual who is bigger than the next person.
    • Fred Mitchell (January 26, 1994) "Self-Doubt Will Never Plague Dallas' Smith", Chicago Tribune, p. Sports: 2.
  • We've got a lot of young guys. A lot of good, young guys. But young guys can go out there and learn how to win quickly. I feel good about the guys behind me. I know that if I'm not in there, they'll do just as well as me.
    • Robbie Andreu (August 31, 1989) "New and Improved Emmitt Slimmed Down Florida Running Back Emmitt Smith Insists That He Won't Be Carrying More Than His Fair Share of the Load This Season", Sun-Sentinel.

About

  • Emmitt Smith is someone that I have great respect for - as a player, a competitor and a person. His contributions to the organization and the NFL speak for themselves.
    • Bill Parcells — reported in Jean-Jacques Taylor (February 28, 2003) "The best is history - 'We have to get it done without Emmitt,' Jones says; Smith thinks he can prosper on new team - Cowboys release NFL's all-time leading rusher", The Dallas Morning News, p. 1A.
  • Emmitt Smith is in a position, in my opinion, where he should be the highest-paid running back in football. He's a guy who has gone out and led the league in rushing and been productive.

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Emmitt Smith
Smith at a 2007 speech
Position(s):
Running back
Jersey #(s):
22
Born: May 15, 1969 (1969-05-15) (age 41)
Pensacola, Florida
Career Information
Year(s): 1990–2004
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
College: Florida
Professional Teams
Career Stats
Rushing Yards     18,355
Average     4.2
Rushing TDs     174
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 8x Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999)
  • 6x All-Pro selection (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • 1993 NFL MVP
  • 2x NEA NFL MVP, (1991, 1992)
  • 1993 PFWA NFL MVP
  • 1990 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • Super Bowl XXVIII MVP
  • 1993 Bert Bell Award
  • 2002 Galloping Gobbler Award
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • Gator Football Ring of Honor

Records

  • 18,355 career rushing yards
  • 164 career rushing TD's
  • 78 100+ yards rushing games
College Football Hall of Fame

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former National Football League player who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

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