By The Capital Sports Report Staff
Emmitt Smith is undoubtedly one of the finest running backs to have ever played in the NFL, let alone for the Dallas Cowboys. During his 15-year career, he amassed some pretty amazing career NFL records: 4,409 rushing attempts, 18,355 yards and 164 rushing touchdowns. He’s played in 8 Pro Bowls, received 4 first-team All-Pro awards, and ranked in 15th place for his 81.2 yards-per-game average.
As one of the most famous Cowboys players, Smith has built a name for himself as much off the field as on, but how well do you know this champion RB? Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Emmitt Smith:
No stranger to TV
Smith appeared as a contestant in Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars, where he was partnered with Cheryl Burke. Naturally, given his competitive streak, he and Burke won the coveted glitterball trophy, and he became the first athlete to win the competition in the process. Although he returned to the Season 15 “All-Stars” competition, he was knocked out during the semifinals.
In a special cameo appearance on How I Met Your Mother, CBS’ long-running comedy show, Smith would go on to mock his DWTS appearance during a skit in which a character asks him which team won the Super Bowl; Smith replies that after two or three you stop paying attention. When asked what could be more important that football, his answer was “Dance, my friend. Dance”.
Check out the video clip below!
He also made a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo in an episode of CSI: Cyber in 2016:
In 2011, Smith was a surprise entrant in that year’s Heads Up Poker tournament. Lasting until the second round, Smith incredibly knocked out David Williams during the first round. However, it was casino enthusiast Andrew Robl who would knock Smith out of the second round. It was a surprise due to the fact that this modality of poker gives the traditional game of Texas Hold’em a twist.
What’s in a name?
Growing up, Smith was granted an unusual nickname to help differentiate him from the three generations of Emmitt Smiths—“Scoey”. Smith’s mother was a huge fan of the comedian Scoey Mitchell, so his unique name became the relatives’ favorite way to refer to Smith during conversation.
Interestingly, Emmitt Smith is the only one out of himself, his father and his grandfather to spell his first name with two ‘t’s. In a conversation with The Dallas Morning News way back in 1993, he explained that he added the second ‘t’ during his early career days. Emmit Smith Jr., his father, thinks his son began to keep the second ‘t’ when sports columnists began to write it that way.
Emmitt Smith Day
Throughout history, many notable individuals have had days named after them, and Smith is the only Dallas RB to have his own day once a year. On April 23, the date that Smith was first drafted by the Cowboys, his hometown of Pensacola, Florida announced that for each year going forward, that date would officially be celebrated as Emmitt Smith Day.
Prior to beginning his stratospheric career playing with the Dallas Cowboys, Smith nurtured a dream of becoming a chartered architect. When he retired from the team in February 2005 (and delivered that memorable speech as he did so), Smith surprisingly didn’t rekindle that dream—but he came pretty close. In 2013, he formally established himself as the CEO and President of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, which was an umbrella organization for his real estate firm and commercial construction company.
However, last year Smith left the enterprise, and—as of June 2017—he has been focusing on opening a sports shop at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
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