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By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day 21: Hall of Fame Weekend Photo Gallery

“22 in 22″ Day 21: Hall of Fame Weekend Photo Gallery

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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I have an interesting article coming tomorrow (the final day of “22 in 22″) detailing which current NFL running back has the best opportunity to break Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record.  Until then, take a look at the final gallery of DC Times photos from the 2010 Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend.

By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day 13, Emmitt Smith: “I loved to play against the 3-4 defense.”

“22 in 22″ Day 13, Emmitt Smith: “I loved to play against the 3-4 defense.”

Note: This is the 13th part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, or Day 12.

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 below as Emmitt tells us about tough match-ups during his playing career and how he loved to play against 3-4 teams. . .

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

November 16, 2006

Speaking of touch match-ups, how about the competition Emmitt faced on “Dancing with the Stars”?  Despite no experience in dance, Emmitt and partner Cheryl Burke win the contest.  This might seem like an inconsequential aspect of Emmitt’s life, but he told us more people recognize him from the show than from football.

By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day 10, Emmitt Smith: “There’s so many people to thank.”

“22 in 22″ Day 10, Emmitt Smith: “There’s so many people to thank.”

Note: This is the 10th part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, or Day 9.

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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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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With so many influential people in his life, Emmitt told us he knew he would forget to mention someone during his Hall of Fame speech.  Who knew it would be the entire University of Florida?

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

December 27, 1998

Against the rival Washington Redskins, Emmitt scores two touchdowns to surpass Marcus Allen as the NFL’s career rushing touchdown leader.  Emmitt ended his career with an astounding 164 rushing touchdowns.

By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day Eight: The Bond with the Hall of Fame Class of 2010

“22 in 22″ Day Eight: The Bond with the Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Note: This is the eighth part of a 22-part series.  Click to view Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 or Day 7.

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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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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Below, Emmitt talks about his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech and the bond (or lack thereof) he formed with other members of the Class of 2010.  Said Emmitt, “I can’t honestly say that we’ve had that much time together to really truly forge a bond.”  Smith did go on to talk about the similarities among the Hall of Famers, including the willingness to sacrifice for greatness.

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

January 28, 1996

Emmitt scores three touchdowns in Super Bowl XXX to lead the Cowboys over the Pittsburgh Steelers for their third world championship in four years.  Emmitt finished the season with 1,773 rushing yards.

Emmitt Smith Super Bowl XXX Post-Game Interview

Emmitt Smith: In Their Own Words, Part V

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

By Jonathan Bales

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

“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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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.

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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. . .

By Jonathan Bales

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

“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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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.

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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.

By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day Four: Emmitt Smith’s Favorite Game a Loss?

“22 in 22″ Day Four: Emmitt Smith’s Favorite Game a Loss?

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

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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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 the clip below (taken by Dallas Cowboys Times correspondent Dave Kraft), Emmitt talks about a defining moment in his career–the 38-28 loss to the 49ers in the 1994 NFC Championship game.

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“Time Warp 22″–Remember When?

January 15, 1994–Candlestick Park

In the 1994 NFC Championship, the 49ers blazed out to a 21-0 lead.  Instead of tucking their heads between their legs, the Cowboys, led by The Triplets (who all made errors earlier in the game), stormed back to make things interesting.  Although they eventually lost 38-28, the heart and perseverance Emmitt & Co. exemplified is what he is talking about in the clip above.

Emmitt Smith: In Their Own Words

Emmitt Smith Road to Canton, Part III

Below are a few more shots of Emmitt ringing the NYSE bell outside of the Hall of Fame building.

By Jonathan Bales

“22 in 22″ Day Three, Emmitt Smith: “Jerry Rice wouldn’t be Jerry Rice without Joe Montana.”

“22 in 22″ Day Three, Emmitt Smith: “Jerry Rice wouldn’t be Jerry Rice without Joe Montana.”

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

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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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 a clip taken by Dallas Cowboys Times reporter Dave Kraft from Emmitt Smith’s media session (below) during which Smith talks about the importance of having a talented surrounding cast.

Emmitt is firm in his stance that a lot (perhaps most) of a player’s success comes from the quality of his teammates.  It is quite an interesting stance for player who, despite all of his obvious talent, is rarely considered the best at his position (all-time) due to the immense talent that surrounded him.

How much of Emmitt’s success was due to the quality of players on the Cowboys during his career?  Certainly some, but one look at his game tape (or his six straight 1,200+ yard rushing, 45+ reception, double-digit touchdown seasons) lets you know he was one of the best to ever play the game.  As we showed in our study on Smith’s chances of breaking college football’s all-time rushing record, he has been great (really, really great) everywhere he’s been.

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“Time Warp 22″. . .Remember when?

January 21, 1993:  The Triplets’ first Super Bowl

Coming off a season in which he rushed for a league-leading 1,713 yards, Smith led the ‘Boys to a 52-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills.  He rushed for 108 yards and a score in the victory.

Super Bowl XXVII

Emmitt’s Road to Canton, Part II

Below are more Dallas Cowboys Times pictures from Hall of Fame Weekend.  Today’s photos feature Emmitt ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell outside of the Hall of Fame building.

By Jonathan Bales

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

“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.

Don’t want to miss a day?  Sign up for our e-mail updates.

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.

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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. . .

By Jonathan Bales

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

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.