By the staff of the Capital Sports report
Emmitt Smith is arguably one of the best running backs to ever play in the NFL, let alone the Dallas Cowboys. During his 15-year career, he amassed some pretty amazing career records in the NFL: 4,409 rushing attempts, 18,355 yards and 164 rushing touchdowns. He played in 8 Pro Bowls, received 4 All-Pro first-team awards and placed in 15th place for averaging 81.2 yards per game.
As one of the Cowboys’ most famous players, Smith has made a name for himself both off and on the field, but how well do you know this RB champion? Here are some interesting facts you might not know about Emmitt Smith:
No stranger to television
Smith appeared as a contestant in Season 3 of Dancing With The Stars, where he partnered with Cheryl Burke. Understandably, given his competitive streak, he and Burke won the coveted Glitter Ball trophy, and he became the first athlete to win the competition in the process. Although he returned to the “All-Stars” competition for Season 15, he was eliminated in the semi-finals.
In a special appearance on CBS’s long-running comedy How I Met Your Mother, Smith reportedly mocked his appearance on DWTS in a skit in which a character asked him which team won the Super Bowl; Smith replies that after two or three you stop paying attention. When asked what could be more important than football, his response was “Dance, my friend. To dance”.
Check out the video clip below!
He also made a cameo appearance on an episode of CSI: Cyber in 2016:
In 2011, Smith was a surprise participant in that year’s Heads Up Poker tournament. Until the second round, Smith incredibly knocked out David Williams in the first round. However, it was casino enthusiast Andrew Robl who knocked Smith out of the second round. It was a surprise that this poker modality gives a twist to the traditional game of Texas Hold’em.
What’s in a name?
Growing up, Smith was given an unusual nickname to help differentiate himself from the three generations of Emmitt Smiths – “Scoey”. Smith’s mother was a huge fan of comedian Scoey Mitchell, so his unique name became the preferred way for parents to refer to Smith during conversation.
Interestingly, Emmitt Smith is the only one of himself, his father and grandfather, to spell his first name with two ‘t’s. In a conversation with The Dallas Morning News in 1993, he explained that he added the second “t” early in his career. His father Emmit Smith Jr. believes his son started keeping the second “t” when sports writers began to write it that way.
Emmitt Smith Day
Throughout history, many notable people have had days named after them, and Smith is the only Dallas RB to have their own day once a year. On April 23, when Smith was first drafted by the Cowboys, his hometown of Pensacola, Florida announced that for each year to come that date would be officially celebrated as Emmitt Smith Day.
Before starting his stratospheric career playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Smith nurtured the dream of becoming a licensed architect. When he retired from the team in February 2005 (and delivered that momentous speech at the same time), Smith surprisingly did not rekindle that dream, but he came pretty close. In 2013, he officially established himself as CEO and Chairman of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, which was an umbrella organization for his real estate company and commercial construction business.
However, last year Smith left the company and in June 2017 he was focus on opening a sports store at Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.