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“22 in 22,” Day Two: Hall of Fame Kickoff Events

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“22 in 22,” Day Two: Emmitt Smith Media Session and Hall of Fame Kickoff Hot Air Balloon Media Flight

Note: This is the second part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1.

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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Below are two Dallas Cowboys Times exclusive videos from Hall of Fame weekend.  The first is a short segment from Emmitt Smith’s media session in which Emmitt talked about his “underdog” status.  He said:

History would tell you there’s no way the Dallas Cowboys should have picked Emmitt Smith.  There’s no way Emmitt Smith should be playing in the National Football League.

Watch the following video, shot by Dallas Cowboys Times correspondents Dave Kraft and Lorei Reinhard, to find out what else Emmitt told us.

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

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VIDEO TAKEN DOWN PER NFL RULES

The two videos below are from the Hall of Fame Balloon Classic Invitational for media members.  The first is personal footage from Dave Kraft, and the second is the Balloon Classic from a grander perspective.  Enjoy.

“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

With the 17th overall pick in the 1990 Draft, the Dallas Cowboys went “outside of the box” and selected a running back who was “too small and slow” for the NFL.  Smith went on to rush for 937 yards and score 11 touchdowns in his rookie season.

Emmitt’s Road to Canton

Finally, check out some pictures we took of Emmitt getting a bit teary-eyed in Canton. . .

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