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Emmitt Smith is a former American football player

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BirthdayMay 15, 1969
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Men, Nfl Star, Sportspersons, Football Players, American Football Players
City/StateFlorida
SpousesPatricia Southall
SiblingsEmory Smith
Known asEmmitt James Smith, III
Childrens Emmitt Smith IV, Jasmine Page Lawrence, Rheagen Smith, Skylar Smith
Universities
  • University of Florida
  • Escambia High School
Birth PlacePensacola
Height175cm
GenderMale
FatherEmmitt James Smith, II.
MotherMary Smith
Net Worth$50 million as of Jan 25,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inPensacola
Famous asNFL Star

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Who is Emmitt Smith?

When Emmitt Smith first chose to play football, he was considered too small for the sport. However, he managed to impress his fans and ascended the ladder of success with his great talent and sheer perseverance to outshine others in his league. He played football for the University of Florida before leaving freshman year to play for his dream team, the ‘Dallas Cowboys’. In his career, he became NFL’s unsurpassed leading rusher and won a number of awards. Apart from his football career, he also appeared on television for the popular show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’. He is a major contributor to the large successes that the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed. His entire career total involves a stunning record of 18,355 yards, 164 touchdowns and 515 receptions. Apart from this impressive record, he has also single-handedly won three Super Bowl titles and won four NFL rushing titles. This Floridian is considered as one of the most influential American football players in sporting history because he became the first ever chief rusher in NFL history. Although the Dallas Cowboys were doing fairly well before his entry, with Emmitt on board, the team tasted success on a more frequent basis, season after season, bringing them back at the top of the NFL board.

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Childhood & Early Life

Emmitt James Smith was born to Mary Smith and Emmitt James Smith, II in Pensacola, Florida.

From a very young age, he dreamt of playing with the Dallas Cowboys. However, he had to face a number of difficulties before he could realize that dream. Growing up, his family faced a lot of financial difficulties and young Smith did a number of odd jobs so that he could support his family.

When he was at school, he was noted for his athletic skills and he went on to play football for the University of Florida. He was quickly recognized as one of the most ‘dynamic’ performers of the university team.

He created a number of football records while in school such as 100 yards in his first game itself—many of his school records which remain unbroken today.

In 1990, he left the University of Florida in his junior year and decided to play for his dream team - NFL’s Dallas Cowboys - when he was chosen in the NFL draft.

Career

He achieved his first Super Bowl victory with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. The following year, he once again led his team to victory at the Super Bowl.

In his first five seasons as a professional football player, he managed to make a place for himself with the Dallas Cowboys and had the most number of games in a season with 25 rushing touchdowns, which he set in 1995. It was his most fruitful year where he recorded 1773 rushing yards and 62 receptions.

He helped his team achieve their third Super Bowl victory in 1995. He was tasting success one season after another and was selected to participate in eight Pro Bowls.

He was so prolific and dependable that on October 27, 2002, he thrashed Walter Payton’s unprecedented record for career rushing yards. He finished his NFL career with an amazing 18,355 yards rushing, 164 touchdowns and 4409 carries, all NFL records.

He was to be fired by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2002 season, but he chose to be released from the team anyway, with the Cowboys paying him $4.9 million. Thereafter, he joined the Arizona Cardinals.

Just before the start of the Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, he announced his retirement from the NFL. The same year, he signed on as a studio analyst on the NFL show, ‘NFL Total Access’.

In 2005, he also became a real estate developer. He got together with Roger Staubach, another football player, to create Smith/Cypress Partners LP. He is also the co-founder of ESmith Legacy, a company that focuses in commercial real estate development and investment management.

Soon after his retirement, he became a television personality and started appearing on a number of popular shows. In 2006, he served as one of the judges at the Miss Universe pageant. He was also a part of the hit dance-reality show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, which he won along with partner, Cheryl Burke.

In 2007, he joined ESPN as a studio expert for the NFL pre-game reporting alongside Mike Ditka, Chris Mortensen and Tom Jackson. However, he was replaced in the next season. The same year, he had a cameo in the hit American television series, ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

He was seen at the Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, where he was asked to flip the coin at the start of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2011, he defeated David Williams in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, but lost in the second round to Andrew Robl. After this, he was once again seen in the fifteenth season of ‘Dancing with the Stars, All-Stars’, once again with Cheryl Burke, but he was voted off.

Awards & Achievements

In 1989, he was given the award of ‘SEC Most Valuable Player’.

He is an Eight-time Pro Bowler from 1990 to 1999.

He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, in 1990.

Smith won four NFL rushing titles in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

He won three Super Bowl titles in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

He won the Bert Bell Award, in 1993.

He is included in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Smith is inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 2010.

Personal Life & Legacy

While he was playing professional football, he returned to the University of Florida to complete his bachelor’s degree in public recreation, in 1996.

He has a daughter from his ex-girlfriend, Hope Wilson.

He married supermodel and Miss Virginia USA, Patricia Southall on April 22, 2000. The couple has a son, Emmitt IV and a daughter, Skylar. He has a step-daughter from his wife’s previous marriage to Martin Lawrence.

Trivia

This famous American footballer and television personality who played for the Dallas Cowboys apparently signed an $8 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals for two years.

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Emmitt Smith awards

YearNameAward

Other

1993Bert Bell Award
1994Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year
- Super Bowl MVP Award
1990 - NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award from the Associated Press
1993 - NFL MVP Award from the Associated Press

Emmitt Smith biography timelines

  • // 15th May 1969
    Emmitt James Smith was born to Mary Smith and Emmitt James Smith, II in Pensacola, Florida.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he was given the award of ‘SEC Most Valuable Player’.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he left the University of Florida in his junior year and decided to play for his dream team - NFL’s Dallas Cowboys - when he was chosen in the NFL draft.
  • // 1990 To 1999
    He is an Eight-time Pro Bowler from 1990 to 1999.
  • // 1990
    He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, in 1990.
  • // 1991 To 1995
    Smith won four NFL rushing titles in 1991, 1993 and 1995.
  • // 1992
    He achieved his first Super Bowl victory with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. The following year, he once again led his team to victory at the Super Bowl.
  • // 1992 To 1995
    He won three Super Bowl titles in 1992, 1993 and 1995.
  • // 1993
    He won the Bert Bell Award, in 1993.
  • // 1995
    In his first five seasons as a professional football player, he managed to make a place for himself with the Dallas Cowboys and had the most number of games in a season with 25 rushing touchdowns, which he set in 1995. It was his most fruitful year where he recorded 1773 rushing yards and 62 receptions.
  • // 1995
    He helped his team achieve their third Super Bowl victory in 1995. He was tasting success one season after another and was selected to participate in eight Pro Bowls.
  • // 1996
    While he was playing professional football, he returned to the University of Florida to complete his bachelor’s degree in public recreation, in 1996.
  • // 22nd Apr 2000
    He married supermodel and Miss Virginia USA, Patricia Southall on April 22, 2000. The couple has a son, Emmitt IV and a daughter, Skylar. He has a step-daughter from his wife’s previous marriage to Martin Lawrence.
  • // 2002
    He was to be fired by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2002 season, but he chose to be released from the team anyway, with the Cowboys paying him $4.9 million. Thereafter, he joined the Arizona Cardinals.
  • // 27th Oct 2002
    He was so prolific and dependable that on October 27, 2002, he thrashed Walter Payton’s unprecedented record for career rushing yards. He finished his NFL career with an amazing 18,355 yards rushing, 164 touchdowns and 4409 carries, all NFL records.
  • // 2005
    Just before the start of the Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, he announced his retirement from the NFL. The same year, he signed on as a studio analyst on the NFL show, ‘NFL Total Access’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he also became a real estate developer. He got together with Roger Staubach, another football player, to create Smith/Cypress Partners LP. He is also the co-founder of ESmith Legacy, a company that focuses in commercial real estate development and investment management.
  • // 2006
    Soon after his retirement, he became a television personality and started appearing on a number of popular shows. In 2006, he served as one of the judges at the Miss Universe pageant. He was also a part of the hit dance-reality show, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, which he won along with partner, Cheryl Burke.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he joined ESPN as a studio expert for the NFL pre-game reporting alongside Mike Ditka, Chris Mortensen and Tom Jackson. However, he was replaced in the next season. The same year, he had a cameo in the hit American television series, ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
  • // 2010
    He was seen at the Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, where he was asked to flip the coin at the start of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.
  • // 2010
    He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 2010.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he defeated David Williams in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, but lost in the second round to Andrew Robl. After this, he was once again seen in the fifteenth season of ‘Dancing with the Stars, All-Stars’, once again with Cheryl Burke, but he was voted off.

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Emmitt Smith's FAQ

  • What is Emmitt Smith birthday?

    Emmitt Smith was born at 1969-05-15

  • Where is Emmitt Smith's birth place?

    Emmitt Smith was born in Pensacola

  • What is Emmitt Smith nationalities?

    Emmitt Smith's nationalities is American

  • Who is Emmitt Smith spouses?

    Emmitt Smith's spouses is Patricia Southall

  • Who is Emmitt Smith siblings?

    Emmitt Smith's siblings is Emory Smith

  • Who is Emmitt Smith childrens?

    Emmitt Smith's childrens is Emmitt Smith IV, Jasmine Page Lawrence, Rheagen Smith, Skylar Smith

  • What was Emmitt Smith universities?

    Emmitt Smith studied at University of Florida, Escambia High School

  • How tall is Emmitt Smith?

    Emmitt Smith's height is 175

  • Who is Emmitt Smith's father?

    Emmitt Smith's father is Emmitt James Smith, II.

  • Who is Emmitt Smith's mother?

    Emmitt Smith's mother is Mary Smith

  • What is Emmitt Smith's sun sign?

    Emmitt Smith is Taurus

  • How famous is Emmitt Smith?

    Emmitt Smith is famouse as NFL Star