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NFL – Dallas Cowboys – RB Emmitt Smith – L E’s Stories Special – “Salute To The Earth Mover of the Pokes Offense In the Cowboy’s Triplets” – Tribute To The Life and Legend of Emmitt Smith


Having co-owned and operated a full-blown 11,000 square foot sports bar and restaurant in downtown Austin, TX from 1975 to 1987 (moved to Pleasant Valley Road from 1987 to 1991)…..while accepting the simple fact that you better be a Dallas Cowboy fan if you are in the sports bar business.  During the course of our dozen years at 302 E. 6th Street….where we hosted many many Dallas Cowboy football fans to literally 100’s of thousands of Cowboy fans….and I have to say, if not by osmosis alone, I became a devout Dallas Cowboy fan…..and albeit I had closed Madison Square Garden, The Sports Place 302 E. 6th Street in 1991…..so, we were open during the rest of the 1990’s to share the successes of three (3) super bowl wins with the Cowboy fan base (which is huge!!) in Austin, TX….but by the 90’s, the Pokes were my died in the wool team…..and I flat out loved their Triplets of QB Troy Aikman + WR Michael Irving + RB Emmitt Smith…..for they were worth the price of every ticket and more…..and they brought their game to every game…..I guarantee…..and that’s like dying and going to heaven if you’re a football fan in Texas.  Therefore, it brings me great pleasure to bring this video history and story of The Bulldozer in The Triplets…..and that of course is RB Emmitt Smith.  Simply put, Emmitt Smith was the greatest running back in the history of the Dallas Cowboys…..therefore, it brings us great pleasure to bring to our Cowboy fans here at ImaSportsPhile…..as we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed post the video life and legend of Emmitt Smith……ps….it’s OK if Eagles / Giants / Redskins fans enjoy it also!!!  



NFL – 2003 – ESPN Classics – Sports Century Special – “Emmitt Smith”

Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969) is an American former professional football player…..who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons…..while primarily with the Dallas Cowboys…..wherein among other achievements, he is the league’s all-time leading rusher.                                                                                                                        



NFL – 1990 To 2002 – Dallas Cowboys Special – “A Tribute To The Dallas Cowboy Triplets – QB Troy Aikman + WR Michael Irving + RB Emmitt Smith”                                                                                                                                              


Smith grew up in Pensacola, Florida…..and became the 2nd-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…..when after being named a unanimous All-American in 1989, Smith chose to forgo his senior year of eligibility and play professionally.                                                                                       



High School Football – 1986 – Pensacola Escambia High School Football Highlights – RB Emmitt Smith Final High School Game With 200 Yards Rushing And Two TD’s                                                                                             


The Cowboys selected Smith in the 1st round of the 1990 NFL draft…..then during his long professional career, he rushed for 18,355 yards…..while breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton…..while he also holds the record for career rushing touchdowns with 164.  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 …..while 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…..with the other being Jerry Rice.  Smith was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.                                                                                                                                            



NFL – 1990 To 2002 – Dallas Cowboys Vault Special – “Emmitt Smith: Career Cowboy Highlights’                                                         


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 1990’s.



NFL – 1990 To 2002 – Jsn Highlights Special – “Emmitt Smith: Career Highlights In The Emmitt Zone” – Pt 4                  


NFL – 1990 To 2002 – Jsn Highlights Special – “Emmitt Smith: Career Highlights In The Emmitt Zone” – Pt 5                    


Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of Mary J. Smith and Emmitt James Smith, Jr.  At the age of eight, he played his 1st organized football game on a team that was sponsored by the Salvation Army.  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 2nd 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…..which included the last 28 in a row…..while finishing with a 7.8 yards per carry average…..whereby twice, he broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark in a season.  For his efforts, Smith was named the USA Today and Parade magazine high school player of the year for 1986.  In 2007, twenty years after Smith graduated from high school, the Florida High School Athletic Association  (FHSAA) named Smith to its All-Century Team…..while recognizing him as the Florida high school football “Player of the Century.” 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.  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.”  In track & field, Smith competed as a sprinter and was a member of the 4 × 100 m (42.16 s) relay squad.



High School Football – 1986 – Pensacola Escabia High School Highlight – RB Emmitt Smith Touchdown Run                                                                                                                                                                                          


High School Football – 1986 – Pensacola Escabia High School Highlights – RB Emmitt Smith Last High School Game



High School Football – 1988 – Pensacola Escabia High School Highlights – Featuring RB Emmitt Smith Rushing & Receiving Touchdowns                                                                                                                                           


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 (1987–1989).  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.  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.  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.  He finished the season with 1,341 yards, was named SEC and National Freshman of the Year, and was ninth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy.



NCAA Football – 1986 Thru 1989 – Pocky Candy Special – “Classic Tailback: Emmitt Smith Florida Gators Highlights”                                                                                                                                                                                     


The Gators got off to a 5-0 start in 1988 with Smith averaging over 120 rushing yards per game…..however, during the 6th contest against Memphis State in mid-October, he was sidelined with a sprained knee…..and starting quarterback Kyle Morris broke his finger…..thus leading to an upset loss. Smith was unable to return to action for a month…..during which Florida lost four games in a row and did not score a touchdown in 14 consecutive quarters of play…..which included a 16-0 loss to Auburn that is their most recent shutout to date.



NCAA Football – 1988 – Florida Gators SEC Vault Highlights Special – “Florida Gators Profile Emmitt Smith”                                                                                                                                                                                           


Smith returned to the lineup in mid-November….and Florida won two of its final three games, highlighted by a victory in the 1988 All-American Bowl in which he ran 55-yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and was named the game’s MVP.  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.



NCAA Football – 1988 – The All-American Bowl (Entire Game) – University of Illinois Vs. Florida Gators – With RB Emmitt Smith Winning Game MVP                                                                                                                       


Smith stayed healthy throughout his junior season in 1989 and found success again…..as 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)…..along with many others.  In all, Smith owned 58 school records at the conclusion of his Florida career despite playing on Florida teams with virtually no passing game…..which made him the focal point of opposing defenses.  At the conclusion of his junior season in 1989, Smith was named a 1st-team SEC selection for the 3rd year…..and SEC Player of the Year…..while being selected as a unanimous 1st-team All-American…..and finished 7th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.  In his final game in the Freedom Bowl, he had few rushing attempts after Florida fell behind Washington early and were forced to throw.  Days later on January 1, 1990, Steve Spurrier was introduced as the Gators’ new head coach….. when Smith, concerned about his potential role in Spurrier’s reportedly pass-first offense, decided to forgo his senior year at Florida…..and enter the NFL draft…..which for the 1st time in history allowed juniors to be eligible.  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, the Gator Football Ring of Honor and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. 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.



 NCAA Football – 1986 To 1989 – GatorSports Vault Special – “A Gator Legend: Emmitt Smith”                               


In the 1990 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys considered drafting linebacker James Francis  with their 1st 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.  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.  Even though he missed all of the preseason after having the longest holdout by a rookie in franchise history, 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.                                    



NFL – 1990 – NFL Draft Dallas Cowboys 1st Rnd # 17 Pick Special – “Florida Gators RB Emmitt Smith”



NFL – 1990 – NFL Draft Dallas Cowboys 1st Rnd # 17 Pick – ESPN Mel Kiper Special – “Florida Gators RB Emmitt Smith”                                                                                                                                                                 



NFL – 1990 – NFL Draft Special – “How Emmitt Smith ALMOST NEVER Got Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys”           


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



NFL – 1991 – Dallas Cowboys Vault Special – Game of the Week – Dallas Cowboys Vs Arizona Cardinals Highlights – Pokes RB Emmitt Smith’s 60 Yard Touchdown



NFL – 1991 – Dallas Cowboys Vault Special – Game of the Week – Dallas Cowboys Vs Green Bay Packers Highlights – Pokes RB Emmitt Smith Amazing Catch and Run for Touchdown”                                                      


In 1992, he set the Cowboys’ single-season franchise record…..while winning the rushing title with 1,713 yards…..and becoming the 1st player to win the league’s rushing title and the Super Bowl in the same season.  The simple fact is that Emmitt Smith was something very special when it comes to running aa football



NFL – 1992 – Rare Sports Special – “Emmitt Smith 1992 Cowboys Highlights” – Featuring NFL Rushing Title and Super Bowl Victory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


NFL – 1992 – NFL Game of the Week – NY Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys – Thanksgiving Day Highlight Special – “Pokes RB Emmitt Smith Goes 68 Yards for a Touchdown” 



 NFL – 1992 – NFL Game of the Week – Philadelphia Eagles Vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights Special – “Pokes RB Emmitt Smith Dominates”



NFL – 1992 – NFL Game of the Week – Los Angeles Raiders Vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights Special – “Pokes RB Emmitt Smith Has 3 Touchdowns”   



NFL – 1992 – NFL Game of the Week – Kansas City Chiefs Vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights Special – “Featuring RB Emmitt Smith Who Dominates the Game”



NFL & Music – 1992 – Dallas Cowboy Music Video Special – “I Shoulda Been A Cowboy by Toby Keith”


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….to which Smith posted 1,486 rushing yards with 9 touchdowns…..and helped the Cowboys become the 1st team to win a Super Bowl after starting the season 0-2…..oh, and lest we forget, 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…..while 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 1st-round bye in the playoffs…..when Smith suffered a 1st-degree separation in his right shoulder during the 1st half…..but still finished with 229 total yards and played a key role in a 16-13 overtime win…..cuz in my opinion, there may not have ever been a tougher running back in the history of football.  He was a warrior.    



NFL – 1993 – Classic Sports Vault Highlights Special – “Dallas Cowboys Vs Philadelphia Eagles – Featuring Emmitt Smith Rushing For 237 Yards” 



NFL – 1993 – Classic Sports Vault Highlights Special – “Dallas Cowboys Vs Minnesota Vikings – Featuring The Cowboy Triplets”



NFL – 1993 – Classic Sports Vault Highlights Special – “Green Bay Packers Vs Dallas Cowboys – Featuring QB Troy Aikman & RB Emmitt Smith”



NFL – 1993 – Classic Sports Vault Highlights Special – “Dallas Cowboys Vs New York Jets – Featuring QB Troy Aikman & RB Emmitt Smith & WR Michael Irvin”



NFL & TV Ads – 1993 – Emmitt Smith For Reebok – “Nice To Meet You….I’m Emmitt”                                                               


The next season saw Smith lead the league with 21 rushing touchdowns….. which was a new career-high despite battling a hamstring pull late in the season…..as the Cowboys finished the season losing the NFC Championship Game to the 49ers.                          



NFL – 1994 – Game of the Week Special – Dallas Cowboys Vs New York Giants Highlights – Featuring Pokes RB Emmitt Smith Hurting His Shoulder



NFL – 1994 – Monday Night Football (Entire Game) – New York Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys – With Special: Gotta Love Alex Trebek of Jeopardy Show Doing the MNF Intro at the Beginning. RIP Alex                                      


NFL & TV Ads – 1994 – Public Service Announcement –  Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith for Reebok – “Violence, Don’t Play That Game”



NFL – 1994 – Game of the Week Special – Arizona Cardinals Vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights – Featuring The Cowboy Triplets



NFL – 1994 – Week 11 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs San Francisco 49’ers – Featuring the “Cowboy Triplets”                                                                                                                                                                


NFL – 1994 – Week 13 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs New Orleans Saints – “Featuring Pokes RB Emmitt Smith With 2 TD’s Before Pulling His Hamstring”   



NFL – 1994 – Week 2 Game of the Week (Entire Game) – Houston Oilers Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring The Cowboy Triplets”



NFL – 1994 – Week 9 Game of the Week Highlights Special – Cincinnati Bengals Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring The Cowboy Triplets”                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


In 1995, Smith became the 1st 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…..as Emmitt, Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson and  LaDainian Tomlinson are the only players with seven straight ten-touchdown seasons to start their careers…..plus, he also broke two of Tony Dorsett’s Dallas franchise rushing records….with the 1st being for most consecutive initial games of a season with 100+ rushing yards (Smith’s four to Dorsett’s three)…..and the 2nd 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. 


NFL – 1995 – Monday Night Football Highlight Special – “Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Goes for 60 Yard Touchdown On 1st Play of the Game”


NFL – 1995 – Week 16 Game of the Week Highlight Special – “Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Scores Sudden Death Overtime Touchdown”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

NFL – 1995 – Week 3 Game of the Week Highlight Special – “Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Scores Sudden Death Overtime 31 Yard Winning Touchdown Verses Minnesota Vikings”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

NFL – 1995 – Week 9 Game of the Week Highlight Special – Cowboys Vs Falcons –“Cowboys Triplets Dominate Atlanta”                                                                                                                                                                             


NFL & TV Ads – 1995 – Emmitt Smith For Reebok – “I’m A Cowboy…..and This is My Hat….These are My Boots…..These are My Horses….And This is Where They Graze!!!”

In 1996, he scored his 100th career rushing touchdown…..and surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards…..while becoming just the 12th player in league history…..and the youngest one to reach this milestone.



NFL & NBA & TV Ads – 1996 – Special –“Emmitt Smith & Shaquille O’Neal Clown Around for Texas Archive of the Moving Image”     



NFL – 1996 – Week 1 – Game of the Week Entire 1st Half – Dallas Cowboys Vs Chicago Bears – “Featuring Emmitt Smith & Hershel Walker In The Cowboy Backfield Together”                                                                                    


NFL – 1996 – Week 5 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs Philadelphia Eagles – “Featuring Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Rushes 92 yards on 22 Carries”



NFL – 1996 – Week 11 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs San Francisco 49’ers – “Featuring The Cowboys Triplets”   



NFL – 1996 – Dallas Cowboys Vault Special – Highlights of the 1996 Dallas Cowboys Winning Drives – “Featuring The Cowboys Triplets”                                                                                                                                    


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).                           



NFL – 1998 – Week 12 Game of the Week Highlights – Seattle Seahawks Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring the Brilliance of Emmitt Smith”



NFL – 1998 – Week 4 Game of the Week Special (Entire Game) – Oakland Raiders Vs Dallas Cowboys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


NFL – 1998 – Week 9 Monday Night Football Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs Philadelphia Eagles – Featuring The Triplets & Deion Sanders



NFL – 1999 – Week 4 Game of the Week Highlights – Arizona Cardinals Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring The Cowboy Triplets”                                                                                                                                                                                


NFL – 1999 – Week 4 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs New Orleans Saints – “Featuring Emmitt Smith 110 Yards and 1 Touchdown”



NFL – 1999 – Week 9 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs Minnesota Vikings Special – “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys Featuring Emmitt Smith 65 Yard Touchdown”



NFL – 1999 – Week 17 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs New York Jets Special – “Featuring Emmitt Smith With Running & Reception Touchdowns” 



 NFL – 2000 – Week 3 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs New York Giants Special – “Featuring Emmitt Smith TD Run on Randall Cunningham Pitch-Out”                                                                        


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



NFL – 2001 – Week 11 Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs Denver Broncos – “Featuring Emmitt Smith’s 1st Touchdown of the Season”



NFL – 2001 – Week 7 Game of the Week Highlights – Arizona Cardinals Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring Emmitt Smith’s Running”



NFL – 2001 – Week 13 Game of the Week Highlights – New York Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys – Featuring a Rare Cowboy Win



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. In the same game against the Seahawks, Smith ran for a touchdown that gave him 150 career rushing touchdowns. 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.



NFL – 2002 – Dallas Cowboys Vault Highlights Special – “Emmitt Smith Breaks Walter Payton’s NFL All Time Rushing Record”



NFL – 2002 – Game of the Week Highlights Special – “Emmitt Smith Becomes the All Time Leading Rusher”            


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.  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.  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.                                                                                                                



NFL – 2003 – ESPN Sports Century Special – “Emmitt Smith: The All Time Leading Rusher In The NFL”



NFL – 2003 – Week 5 Game of the Week Special Highlights – Arizona Cardinals Vs Dallas Cowboys – “Featuring Emmitt Smith’s !st Return To Cowboy Stadium As An Arizona Cardinal”



NFL – August 2003 – Preseason Game of the Week Highlights – Dallas Cowboys Vs Arizona Cardinals – “Featuring Emmitt Smith’s 1st Competition Against His Prior Team”



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 1st 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.



NFL – 2004 – Highlights Special – “Top 10 Emmitt Smith Moments” – Featuring Emmitt Smith & Michael Irvin                                                                                                                                                                                     


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.



 NFL – 2023 – TA Sports Special – “The Story of How Emmitt Smith Became a Cowboy…..And The Season That Followed”                                                                                                                                                                              


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….. plus, he leads all running backs with 164 career rushing touchdowns…..while  his 175 total touchdowns ranks him 2nd 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…..which makes him one of only four players in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000 combined-yards mark…..with the others being Jerry Rice, Brian Mitchell and Walter Payton.             



NFL – 2002 – Dallas Cowboy Vault Special – Week 7 Cowboys Vs Seahawks Highlights – “Emmitt Smith: Moves Past Walter Payton On The All Time Rushing Leader List”                                                                                     


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.                                                                       



NFL & Talk Shows – 2012 – The Rich Eisen Podcast Interview Special – Featuring The Dallas Cowboy Triplets QB Troy Aikman + WR Michael Irvin + RB Emmitt Smith                                                                                               


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.



NFL – 2020 – ATG MVP Sports Highlights – Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Career Put To Music                                                                       


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.  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.”  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.  Smith was also a reliable receiver and an excellent blocker in pass protection.



NFL – 2010 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Special – “Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Presenting Emmitt Smith at 2010 Hall of Fame”


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….who combined for 8 rushing titles during the 1990’s. 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.  Observers agree, though, that both Smith and Sanders were among the best running backs in league history.



NFL – 1994 – Kofi’s Universe Special – Monday Night Showdown Highlights – Detroit Lions Vs Dallas Cowboys “Featuring Barry Sanders Vs Emmitt Smith”                                                                                                            


Although Smith is the only player to tell John Madden that Madden NFL rated his skills too high, he was ranked # 68 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999…..which was three years before becoming the game’s all-time rushing yardage leader.                                           



NFL & Talk Shows – 2018 – ESPN 1st Take Special – “Emmitt Smith & Stephen A Smith Get Into It Over Cowboys and Giants”                                                                                                                                                        


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



NFL – 1990 To 2004 – NFL Special – “Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Career Highlights – Put To the Song “Go Hard” by D J Khaled                                                                                                                                                              


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



NFL & Talk Shows – 2014 – In Depth With Graham Benzinger Special – “Emmitt Smith: My Promise to Walter Payton”                                                                                                                                                                 


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.                                                 



 NFL – 2007 – Dallas Cowboys Special – “The Triplets (QB Troy Aikman + WR Michael Irvin + RB Emmitt Smith) Induction Into The Ring of Honor Ceremony”                                                                                                   


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.                            



NFL & Dancing – 2006 – Dancing With The Stars Season 3 Highlights Special – Featuring Winners Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


NFL & Dancing – 2006 – Dancing With The Stars Season 3 Championship Moment – With Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke                                                                                                                                                                     


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…..when instead, he appeared Sunday mornings during the NFL season on SportsCenter…..plus, he performs with Steve Young and Stuart Scott at the Monday Night Football site each week on Monday Night Countdown.  His contract was not renewed for the 2009 season.                                  



                                                                                                                                                                                    NFL – 2002 – Dallas Cowboys Special – “The Triplets: On Emmitt Smith Road To Canton” – Featuring Emmitt Smith + Michael Irvin + Daryl Johnston + Coach Jimmy Johnson:  Just Remembering”  (Just a side note, I find it a bit humorous that The Playmaker is wearing stripes)                                                                                                                                                             


Smith was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, in his 1st year of eligibility…..and when you stop to think about it, Emmitt Smith induction into the HOF on the 1st ballot is evidence of just how great Emmitt Smith was…..he was a rare earth-mover…..while being sneaky fast.                                   



NFL – 2010 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Special – “Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Introduces RB Emmitt Smith To The Hall of Fame”



NFL – 2010 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Special – “Emmitt Smith: HOF Induction Speech Tribute To Cowboys Backfield Mate FB Daryl Johnson”                                                                                                                    


 NFL – 2010 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Special – “Emmitt Smith: HOF Induction Speech”



NFL – 2010 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Special – “Emmitt and Moose: A Dynamic Backfield”



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



NFL & Music – 1992 – NFL Film Special – “Cowboys in Action Highlights Put To Guns & Roses Song “November Rain”                                                                                                                                                                                     


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.



NFL & NBA & Comedy – 2008 – Special – Jeff Ross Roasts Emmitt Smith & Shaquille O’Neal                                                       


In 2005, Smith made his 1st move toward becoming a real estate developer …..when he teamed with another Cowboy legend, Roger Staubach, the founder and CEO of Staubach Co., to form Smith/Cypress Partners LP….. which was a real estate development enterprise specializing in transforming underutilized parcels in densely populated areas into commercially viable properties anchored by national retail giants.   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…..so, with access to $50 million in capital…..Smith has several other projects in the works…..with a letter of intent to develop a 65-acre (260,000 m2) site in a densely populated yet underserved area near northwest Fort Worth….which was  formerly a college operated by a Masonic lodge…..and he was also negotiating for rights to another potential project in southeastern Fort Worth.  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…..which was 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.”  Huh….I hope he is out of the shopping mall business today in late March 2023.



NFL & Talk Shows – 2023 – In Depth With Graham Benzinger Special – Interview With Emmitt Smith – “On Business and Life After Football”                                                                                                                                        


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…..as early in his playing career, Smith approached the former Cowboy quarterback with an interest in learning more about real estate…..when skeptical at first, Staubach told Smith to spend some time at his company’s offices during the spring and summer if he was sincere…..and Emmitt did just that by spending the off-season at Staubach Co.’s headquarters in Dallas.  Staubach founded the company in the late 1970’s 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.  In 2014, Smith’s company began a nationwide expansion, including into New York City.  Smith also co-founded ESmith Legacy, a Baltimore-based company that specializes in commercial real estate development and investment management.  He serves as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.



 NFL – 2002 – A Speakers.com Special – “Emmitt Smith: Talks About Success’                                                              


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”



NFL & Auto Racing & TV Ads – 2010 – Special – “Danica Patrick and Emmitt Smith Commercial Outtakes For Academy Sports & Outdoors”                                                                                                                                                            


Smith participated in the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating David Williams in the 1st round and losing in the 2nd round to Andrew Robl.



NFL & Poker – 2011 – National Heads-Up Poker Championship CardPlayer Special – “Jungleman12 Beats Phil Ivey & Tutors Emmitt Smith”


He returned to Dancing with the Stars in its 15th season as one of the “All-Stars” contestants…..when Emmitt once again had Cheryl Burke as his professional dance partner…..but they were voted off during the 9th week of the competition.



NFL & Dancing – 2012 – 15th Season Dancing With The Stars – All Stars Special – “Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: Dancing Through The 9th Week”


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.  The company has grown to include lifestyle clubs in Dallas and Southlake, as well as Leawood, Kansas.



NFL – 2022 – GQ Sports Special – “Emmitt Smith: 10 Things Dallas Cowboys Legend Emmitt Smith Can’t Live Without”                                                                                                                                                                        


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



NFL & Talk Shows – 2023 – The Pivot Podcast With Channing Crowder + Fred Taylor + Ryan Clark Special – “Emmitt Smith: On The Dallas Cowboys, Walter Payton, NFL Records, Co-Parenting, Entrepreneurship & Moving On” 


In 2021, Smith would team up with NASCAR driver, Jesse Iwuji, to form a NASCAR Xfinity Series team called Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, that will compete full-time in 2022.



NASCAR & NFL – 2022 – After the Checkered Flag Special – Dallas Cowboys Great Emmitt Smith Latest Burned By NASCAR & Validates Jeff Gordon’s Alarming Message”

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.



 NFL – 2017 – iCoach App Presents – Live at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship – “Featuring Emmitt Smith on Overcoming Intimidation”                                                                                                                                                   


Smith is a devout Christian. He has a daughter, Rheagen Smith (born November 2, 1998), with ex-girlfriend Hope Wilson.  He married former Miss Virginia USA 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)  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.  His brother, Emory, played on the practice squads of the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.  Smith’s eldest son, E. J., committed to play college football at Stanford in 2020.



NFL – Documentary – 2017 – NFL Network Special – “Emmitt Smith: A Football Life Trailer”


In concluding this video life story NFL running back Emmitt Smith…..which comes after reviewing each and every video presented in the ImaSportsPhile post…..while having a profound influence regarding my opinion of his rightful place in the NFL history books…..and his claim to the title of the greatest running back of all time in the NFL  There has always been and will always be a special place in my heart for Jim Brown and Earl Campbell as my all time favorite running backs…..but, seeing the true greatness of Emmitt Smith as seen in the videos within this post…..then, I simply cannot deny the greatness of this Cowboy legend…..for Emmitt achieved some records during his career a a professional football running back that my never be broken….. which will continue to keep him in the conversations of the greatest runners of all time.  We here at ImaSportsPhile are truly grateful to Emmitt Smith for the legacy of success and commitment that he left the sports world with throughout his career…..for he is definitely the creme de la creme of best NFL backs ever. 

NFL & Talk Shows – 2019 – Uninterrupted With Mav Carter Special – “Kneading Dough: Emmitt Smith’s Legacy Is About More Than Football”


NFL – 2023 – Sports Rush Special – “Cowboy’s Legend Emmitt Smith’s Unbreakable Record Explained”





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