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Coach contradicts Emmitt Smith's support

Originally Published: September 26, 2003
ESPN.com news services

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Legendary running back Emmitt Smith said Maurice Clarett should get his wish to play in the NFL. Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden feels differently.

A day after Smith came out in support of Clarett's goal to enter the NFL draft a year early, the Buccaneers head coach said on ESPN Radio's The Dan Patrick Show that no player Clarett's age can handle life as a pro.

"I don't see how an 18 or 19 year old is ready for the NFL," he said. This is a year-round job and they've ...

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