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“22 in 22″ Day Seven: Mental Fortitude

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“22 in 22″ Day Seven: Mental Fortitude

Note: This is the seventh part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, or Day 6.

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.

Before Emmitt even arrived in Canton, Ohio for the enshrinement ceremony, we participated in a conference call with the Hall of Famer.

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Watch more of our video of Emmitt’s Hall of Fame media session as he talks about the mental fortitude necessary in both the game of football. . .and his Hall of Fame speech.

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

The theme of today’s “22 in 22,” mental fortitude, is exemplified in an off-field achievement that, despite all of his on-field records, is perhaps Emmitt’s best.  On May 4, 1996, Emmitt completed his degree in public recreation at the University of Florida.  Already a very rich man, Emmitt had no financial reason to return to UF to finish his schooling.  His graduation represented a promise to his family and himself that he would attain his college degree–a task that couldn’t have been accomplished without the same sort of determination that propelled Emmitt to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.

Emmitt Smith: In Their Own Words, Part IV

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

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