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By Jonathan Bales

Introducing “22 in 22″: A Tribute to Emmitt Smith

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Note: This is part one of a 22-part series. Click below to see previous installments of “22 in 22.”

Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16

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 (taking place over, yup you guess it, the next 22 days), 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.

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

Among other things, Emmitt told us he isn’t willing to make any bold predictions about the 2010 Cowboys squad, but that they “have a lot to look forward to.”

He also told Dallas Cowboys Times correspondent that his current workout plan is basically non-existent, but he is watching what he eats and “trying to do the P90X thing.”  Click the link above to listen to the entire conference call.

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.

Originally created in Brazil, when Clown-N-Around is not entertaining crowds around the world, it floats above its circus grounds of upstate New York.  Measuring an amazing 110-feet, this special-shaped balloon often steals the sky as the tallest balloon at most festivals.  For more information on how you can take a once in a breathtaking ride aboard this world-famous basket of laughs please visit: Clown-N-around.net

Scott & Todd Monahan will entertain you with their full clown treatment, but assured us (with straight faces) they never joke around when it comes to passenger safety.

For more Clown-N-Around pics, click here.

As a “teaser” to “22 in 22,” check out some photos we took from Emmitt’s pre-enshrinement media session.  Videos of the session to come.

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