Opposing voice: Fred Jackson

November, 12, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- Buffalo's Fred Jackson wears No. 22 in honor of the running back he grew up idolizing, Emmitt Smith.

Jackson, who is third in the NFL with 805 rushing yards, has yet to meet the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, but he hopes it happens.

“That’s something I definitely want to do,” Jackson said. “I think that’s one of the things I’m going to try to do throughout my career is get in contact with as many of the greatest backs in the league as possible.”

Jackson has yet to discuss Smith with his coach Chan Gailey, who said the running backs are different in that Smith had better lateral quickness while Jackson is a bigger back.

“But I’m sure that’ll be something at some point at my career I’ll definitely want to sit down and talk to him about,” Jackson said. “Just to see some of the stuff he did coming to work. You always want to grow as a player. Who better to talk to with than your head coach who’s worked with some of the best athletes in the world?”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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