Emmitt Smith is one of the most successful running backs in sports history, but he hasn’t been a member of an NFL team since 2003. He made headlines recently when the Dallas Cowboys released him despite his 15-year tenure with their organization and success on the field. Emmitt has openly expressed that he was pushed out by Jerry Jones, saying “I know how this business works.”
The “emmitt smith” is a professional football player who has been in the NFL since 1995. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but never had the chance to play for Bill Parcells.
Welcome to the fifth and final installment of Sportscasting’s Q&A session with legendary Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith. If you missed any of the first four, you’ll find the links at the bottom of this page.
During this conversation, we were fortunate enough to discuss a number of issues with the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. It’s not just about football either. We looked into Emmitt’s foray into NASCAR and asked him to choose between Michael Jordan and LeBron James in the never-ending Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James argument.
But, of course, football occupied the bulk of our chat. We started off (you know you love football puns) by talking about the Cowboys’ present predicament, and Smith didn’t hold back. However, we discussed his career briefly, especially the unjust comparison to Barry Sanders.
However, we concentrated on the conclusion of his time in Dallas for this chapter. It’s easy to forget that after being driven out of Dallas by Jerry Jones’ hiring of Bill Parcells in early 2003, Smith spent his last two NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Smith expressed his disappointment at being dismissed by Parcells, who had been looking forward to playing for the two-time Super Bowl champion.
Emmitt Smith was dissatisfied with being ‘pushed out’ of Dallas because he wanted to play under Bill Parcells.
Mitchell Layton/Getty Images/Emmitt Smith, around 2002
Do you have a grudge against Bill Parcells? Sportscasting: Do you have a grudge against Bill Parcells?
No, Emmitt Smith.
Sportscasting: Not even for attempting to drive you out of Dallas. Do you really believe you were pushed out of Dallas?
Emmitt Smith: Of course. Yes, I am. I feel as though I was pushed out. I don’t think I was ever given the opportunity to show that I could still play the game. At the age of 33, I still felt my abilities and expertise were superior than Troy Hambrick’s. In terms of knowing defenses and offensive, I believe my work ethic and mental state of the game were still superior.
Sportscasting: And you showed it in Arizona your second year.
Emmitt Smith: Of course. And he [Hambrick] ended up going out to Arizona to support me. And this backs up what I’ve said. That being said, I was disappointed since I had hoped to play for Bill Parcells. So, here’s the deal:
I expected him to right the ship, and I expected him to put a lot of pressure on his players. And it was going to take me straight back to what I was used to with Jimmy Johnson, who was going to start from the ground up and construct that squad. It was something I wanted to be a part of.
Unfortunately, things did not turn out that way, and I continued to play for the Cardinals until the end of my career. However, it would have been lovely to have been there for that shift.
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That’s all there is to it. We’d like to thank Mr. Smith for taking the time to talk with Sportscasting, as well as our colleagues at DeVries Global for putting everything up. Here are the links to the four prior parts, as promised.
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