Smith: 'This moment is surreal'

Dallas running back Emmitt Smith played a leading role for the Cowboys during the 1990s. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith has taken the stage and he's sitting next to his close friend and former teammate Michael Irvin. Smith described the moment he was announced in the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 as "surreal." He got to share that moment with wide receiver Jerry Rice. The two men hugged as their names were announced.

Smith and Rice were emotional as they discussed the role their families played in their athletic accomplishments. Owner Jerry Jones had tears in his eyes as he listened to Smith talk about his career. Smith thanked Jones for "opening the door."

"Nobody could've written a script this perfect," said Smith, referring to the fact that he's going into the Hall with Rice.

Smith thanked a lot of people, including Irvin and fullback Moose Johnston. He closed by talking about his legacy.

"Consistency was the most important trait that I wanted to display," Smith said.

He also talked about his Florida roots and how important it was for him to have this announcement take place in his home state.