Today is former Dallas Cowboy and hall of famer Emmitt Smith’s 48th birthday. He holds the NFL record for rushing yards with 18,355. One of the things I remember most about Emmitt was when he separated his shoulder in the season finale against the New York Giants in 1993. He helped the Cowboys clinch the NFC east titled in a 16-13 overtime win with 229 total yards. The Cowboys started the year 0-2 when Emmitt held out. The Cowboys made him the highest paid running back in the league. He rushed for 1,486 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Cowboys became the first team to win a Super Bowl after an 0-2 start. He was named the league MVP and Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. Of course he was part of the “Triplets” with Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. In 2001, Emmitt became the first player in NFL history with 11 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and the first with eleven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career. For his career 164 rushing touchdowns and 11 receiving scores. Only Jerry Rice has more career touchdowns with 208. Emmitt is one of only four players with more than 21,000 combined yards from scrimmage. In 2005 he signed a one day contract for a dollar so he could retire a Dallas Cowboy. I also remember when he broke the record for rushing yards he was greeted on the sideline by Daryl “Moose” Johnston. (Tears go here). Not bad for a player that was considered too small, too slow and couldn’t get around the corner. Since most teams now use two running backs I Don’t know if Emmitt’s rushing record will every be broken. Happy Birthday E.