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Smith eligible for Hall of Fame in five years

Updated: March 23, 2005, 1:27 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Two months after his tearful Super Bowl week news conference, the leading rusher in NFL history has made his retirement official.

Emmitt Smith submitted his retirement paperwork to the NFL office earlier this week. And on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys placed him on the reserve/retired list, acknowledging the end to his brilliant 15-year career.

Smith, 35, who played the last two seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, signed a ceremonial contract last Thursday with the Cowboys ...

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