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“22 in 22″ Day Six: Going Into the Hall with Jerry Rice

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“22 in 22″ Day Six: Going Into the Hall with Jerry Rice

Note: This is the third part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, or Day 5.

Some might call it the single most defining moment in a player’s career.  Others might say it’s what it takes to be the best.

But, if you had to pinpoint the single most important quality it takes for you to reach sports highest pinnacle of success–where your dreams could one day become immortalized into the Pro Football Hall of Fame–what would you say it is?

What truly separates the 260+ players on this team from the 20,169 players on all other teams since pro football’s inception in 1892?  Surprisingly, it is not what you might guess.  It’s not ambition, luck, or talent.  The characteristic that defines the crème of the crop and what our own Emmitt Smith is made of is. . .commitment.

The commitment to become an all-time champion. . .

The commitment to defy all odds and win multiple Super Bowls. . .

The commitment to do whatever it takes to surpass the “unbreakable mark” and become the NFL’s all-time rushing leader.

To commemorate Emmitt’s achievement, Dallas Cowboys Times presents “22 in 22″: a tribute to perhaps the single greatest running back in NFL history.

In our “22 in 22″ Series, you will find various pictures, videos, and sound clips from Emmitt that we gathered while covering his Hall of Fame induction.

Per NFL rules, we can only post the video and audio clips for a 24 hour period, so be sure to check back each day as we commemorate the career of Emmitt Smith.

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Special thanks to Lorei Reinhard and Eddie Canales, both of whom worked with our own Dave Kraft (bio coming shortly) in Canton to garner some awesome and unique footage of Emmitt which you will see over the next 21 days, as well as Nick Reinhard and Chris Canales (co-founder of gridironheroes.org) for their video editing assistance.

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Watch below as Emmitt talks to us at his Hall of Fame media session about how going into the Hall of Fame with Jerry Rice, the all-time leading receiver, defies all odds.

VIDEO REMOVED PER NFL RULES

Note: Per NFL rules, this video will only be available for 24 hours.  Visit NFL.com for more info.

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

As Emmitt mentioned above, he undoubtedly had tremendous admiration for Jerry Rice, even when the two were battling each other on the football field.  In the 1992 NFC Championship, Smith’s Cowboys got the best of Rice’s 49ers.  Emmitt led the way with 114 yards rushing (and173 total yards) and two touchdowns as the ‘Boys moved on to defeat the Bills for their first of three 90s Super Bowl victories.

1992 NFC Championship

Emmitt Smith: In Their Own Words

More Dallas Cowboys Times photos from Hall of Fame weekend. . .

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