Chat with Emmitt Smith
Smith broke Walter Payton's career rushing record Oct. 27, 2002.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we'll have Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith stopping by to chat about the NFL season, as well as his new book "Game On: Find your Purpose - Pursue Your Dream."
Smith, a member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class, won three Super Bowl titles during his 15-year career. He set the record for most career rushing yards with 18,355 and career rushing TDs with 164. His 78 games with more than 100 yards rushing is also an NFL record.
In "Game On," Smith shares his life lessons that helped him pursue his dreams. He enjoys telling his stories about those who doubted he could make the NFL and to whom he just told: Game on! Through the book, he hopes to inspire people and help others attain greatness.
Send your questions now and join Smith Thursday at 12:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:26 PM)
Emmitt Smith will be here in 20 minutes to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (12:49 PM)
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Colin S (St. Louis, MO)
Now that your retired, who are some of the players in the game today that you like to watch, and also while you were playing who were some of the guys you respected for their talents?
Emmitt Smith (12:50 PM)
From a RB standpoint, I would say Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Arian Foster, the two-headed monster downin North Carolina. From a QB standpoint, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But I'm a fan of Tony Romo as well.
I am a huge fan of yours. Will you be doing any book signings in South Florida? What is your outlook for the Cowboys this season? Thank you.
Emmitt Smith (12:51 PM)
We don't have any plans to do any book signings in South Florida. I will be in Gainesville and Jacksonville right now. My outlook for the Cowboys is a .500 team, 8-8.
gshaw (Columbia, SC)
Do you think management made a good decision in releasing Marion B? The three head monster offered versatility and a change up in running styles.
Emmitt Smith (12:52 PM)
I think they had to make a decision because Choice has done a really good job as a backup as well. Jones has been a good runner and I think they'll probably have a third guy they can use as well. I think they made a decision, they had to get rid of one of them and it gives them room to do some other things.
What is this new book about and what inspired you to write it?
Emmitt Smith (12:54 PM)
What inspired me was preparing for my hall of fame speech in 2010. In doing so, I realized that the content that I was developing for my speech was one that I wanted to share on a larger scale basis. The book itself gives me the opportunity to do that. In doing so, I tried to take some of the content that I did in my speech and apply it to this book and use some of the spiritual undertone to illustrate things to the reader exactly what I am talking about like to whom much is given, much is required.
Emmitt, my husband loved you when you played. When did you realize that you had pro potential?
Emmitt Smith (12:55 PM)
When I became a pro. I think most athletes think they're pros or have pro potential, but when you become a pro, that solidifies it. And more importantly, when you are there for 5, 10 years, then you're all-pro material.
Emmitt, you practiced/played along side Jason Garrett. He has begun to create competition and change the culture in Valley Ranch, how do you think he will respond as the first year Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys?
Emmitt Smith (12:56 PM)
I think he's going to do fine. The question isn't whether he'll do fine, the question is whether the team will buy into his style and coaching. This year, the unfortunate part for the Cowboys, the lockout hindered some of that growth. It will be interesting to see if training camp was enough and build on the success that they had at the end of last year.
Rich (New Jersey)
Which team was the toughest to play against and which stadium the toughest to play in?
Emmitt Smith (12:57 PM)
Team? It's hard to say. Stadium? Probably Philly: The Old Vet. That old, dirty, turf football field.
During your time as a NFL RB, how did you prepare for games and have you shared some of those things with today's RB's?
Emmitt Smith (12:59 PM)
Not today's running backs, outside of LT, I was able to share some things with him. But in preparing for the games, physically, you train as hard as you possibly can. You run 300 yards up a hill that has 25-45 degree incline. That's in the February-March time frame. Then decreasing the hill work and running flat grounds from long distance to 20 yard short bursts. Also, flip tractor tires for 50 yards. Stuff like that. Most importantly, that's the physical aspect of it. The cerebral aspect comes down to studying defensive fronts. What the front 7 are doing, what they're trying to do to stop the run, is there an 8th man? Where's he coming from? Who's tipping things off? Finding every nuance that I can possibly find.
This may be hard to answer but if Barry had not retired do you think you would still hold the record?
Emmitt Smith (1:00 PM)
I think he would have probalby had the record himself. At the time, he was ahead of me in rushing. I think he would have broke the record. He had the ability. But unfortunately, he did retire early.
my question is how far do you think the cowboys are from being super bowl contenders? It seems like every year they are predicted to do well, yet they always fall short.
Emmitt Smith (1:02 PM)
When you talk about every year, the best year they've had in the last 7-8 years has been under Bill Parcells. They excelled and made it to the playoffs. They also did well under Wade Phillips. They had a lot of talent when Tony Romo took over the team. Unfortunately, you not only needed talent but maturity at QB. Tony went through a growing phase the hindered his growth and he didn't take on that leadership role that I think he should have. Today, I think he's gotten into that role now, but the talent they used to have is no longer there. You have to take advantage of the situation when you have it. You have to seize the moment, you never know when it will come around again.
Emmit, you were are(one of) the greatest running back of all time! How does Felix Jones look in your eyes, as one of the Cowboys featured playmakers for 2011??
Emmitt Smith (1:03 PM)
It remains to be seen. The big question is can he remain healthy? The primary RB gets beat. He gets beat a lot. This year will tell what kind of career he will have going forward.
Jacob (Dallas, TX)
Mr. Smith I am a huge fan. My question to you is, knowing the RB's in the league right now, do you believe the RB that will break your record is in the league right now, and if so, who?
Emmitt Smith (1:04 PM)
You never know. Someone may get on a crazy run. Johnson may get another 2,000 this year. It would be 4,000 yards in just two seasons. He'll be over 5,000-6,000 in three years. But the bottom line is, I don't think so.
Which team do you have as the early facourite to hoist the Lombardi trophy?
Emmitt Smith (1:06 PM)
I'm going to go with the Jets and Pittsburgh in the AFC. I'm going to give Green Bay another shot at it. But don't discount the Patriots. As long as Tom Brady is there, don't discount them.
Do you still have the suit you wore when you got drafted?
Emmitt Smith (1:06 PM)
No, I burnt it.
Emmitt Smith (1:06 PM)
I made some money since that time, so I bought me some new clothes and none of the clothes I have have polka dots on them, except for the ties.
Alok (Tampa, FL)
Whats the hardest hit you've ever taken? And which defensive player did you fear most? Defensive team?
Emmitt Smith (1:07 PM)
Never feared not one defense. The hardest hit I've ever taken, I probably never felt it because it knocked me out. Ed McDaniel on Thanksgiving Day.
Emmitt Smith (1:08 PM)
Thank you for the questions. I enjoyed answering them. Go pick up the book "Game On." See you around the corner. Follow me on Twitter: @EmmittSmith22.