Sunday, August 8, 2010
Tales behind Emmitt Smith's induction
ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon and Calvin Watkins chronicled Emmitt Smith's journey into NFL immortality Saturday during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
MacMahon makes the case that Smith is unique among the all-time great running backs because his numbers and production back it up.
"I think it's fair to say you will never see another runner like him again," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said as he presented Smith at Fawcett Stadium. "No one will perform at that position with that production for that length of time again. It's just too hard to do."
Meanwhile, Watkins tells the story of the sacrifices Smith's father, a promising football player himself, made for his family, making Saturday's induction that much sweeter.
"Now, I did not know all the sacrifices until I became older," the younger Smith said. "During those times they didn't talk much about those sacrifices, and as a child you're growing up seeing your father doing what he's doing. You don't know how he got to that point, there was never a discussion."