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Emmitt Smith's mark has staying power

Changes in game make it unlikely Hall of Famer's rushing record will fall anytime soon

Updated: August 7, 2010, 9:39 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

Records are meant to be broken. It just depends on how long it takes for somebody to break them.

It took 56 years for Cal Ripken to break Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played mark in baseball. Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits mark 57 years after it was set.

Walter Payton overtook Jim Brown as the NFL's all-time leading rusher 21 years after Brown finished playing.

Payton's mark stood for 18 years before Emmitt Smith surpassed him to become the current all-time ...

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