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“22 in 22″ Day Five: The Role of Family to Emmitt Smith

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“22 in 22″ Day Five: The Role of Family to Emmitt Smith

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

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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In Day Three of our “22 in 22″ Series, Emmitt Smith talked about the importance of being surrounded by talented players.  He went as far as to claim that “Jerry Rice wouldn’t be Jerry Rice without Joe Montana,” and echoed similar sentiments about his own role on the Cowboys.

In today’s installment, Emmitt talks to us at his Hall of Fame media session about a similar topic–the importance of his family.  Like good teammates, most great football players have a tremendous supporting cast off of the field as well.  The love and support Emmitt received from his family and friends undoubtedly propelled him to where he is today, and that is something for which he is grateful.

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?

It was the last week of the 1993 season and the Cowboys were in the Meadowlands to face the Giants. . .with home field advantage on the line.  Early in the game, Emmitt suffered a second-degree separated shoulder.  The pain was excruciating, but Emmitt rushed for 168 yards, caught 10 passes for 61 yards, and scored the game’s only touchdown–all with one shoulder.

The ‘Boys went on to win the game 16-13 in overtime, securing a first round bye and eventually winning the Super Bowl.

Emmitt Smith: In Their Own Words

Finally, check out some Dallas Cowboys Times photographs of Emmitt Smith and his fellow Hall of Fame Class of 2010 at the Game Day Round Table.

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