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Old 02-01-2005   #1
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Running back Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leader rushing, will retire this offseason, sources told ESPN's John Clayton and Chris Mortensen.

2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
267 937 9 15 105 0

A league source told Mortensen it was possible that Smith could announce his retirement Thursday in Jacksonville.

Smith, 35, played 13 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, and the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.

Smith was in Jacksonville Monday, where he was at a dinner to honor past Super Bowl MVPs. When asked about retiring, he told the Dallas Morning News that he wanted to retire as a Cowboy, but stopped short of saying he would retire this offseason.

"I will, in some way, shape or form," Smith said about retiring as a Cowboy. "There's always a chance (of not playing in 2005). Somebody has got to want me, and if they don't want me, then what? ... I want to play. I want to do what I want to do."

Smith may sign some sort of ceremonial one-day deal with Dallas. In recent years, other veteran star players have returned to the teams where they spent their glory days.

The St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press speculated that Smith could join an investment group that is trying to buy the Vikings.

After an injury-plagued first season with the Cardinals in 2003, Smith rushed for 937 yards and nine touchdowns last season in 15 starts.
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I will lose respect for him if he retires 3 days before the Superbowl and upstages the biggest game of the year...
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I will lose respect for him if he retires 3 days before the Superbowl and upstages the biggest game of the year...
Wow pretty quick on those judgments. Basically he is hoping someone will pick him up again for next year and if no one does then he wants to get over it and get officially retired so he can join into an effort to buy a team like the Vikings. If I was him, I wouldn't worry about upstading the super bowl either and try to handle my own business.
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Who would think Emmitt retiring (something long overdue and expected) would upstage the Super Bowl?
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They are saying it is not true. Or at least they are on Sportsline
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Cowboy are not Emmit is one of my all-time favorited nfl players and has always been class act. If he does retire it has nothing to do with the superbowl and I wish him the best of luck with whatever he decides to do. I just wish he could of retired a cowboy(really did they ever replace him with anybody better before j.jones, hambrick george-over the hill).
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ya know if he decides to retire the day of the superbowl and takes all the spot light off the game, well than maybe they should reschedule the game then. Emmitt was and will always be one of the greatest RBs of all times !
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I'm not a Cowboy's fan. One thing I will say is that Emmitt is the model of doing more with less. He definitely isn't one of the most physically gifted running backs off all time, yet he is the most productive to date.
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I'm sure the eagles and pats are hoping he retires this week, take most of the media off their backs with their nutty questions.
I'm also a fan of Smith one of the great backs in the league, too bad he couldnt retire as a cowboy...
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just goes to show you how sorry jerry jones is after emmitt broke the record as a cowboy, jones didnt feel he needed him anymore.
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just goes to show you how sorry jerry jones is after emmitt broke the record as a cowboy, jones didnt feel he needed him anymore.

Actually Jerry and Emmitt have a very good relationship; Emmitt wanted to continue playing as the feature back and the team/management felt that he would command a high salary they could not afford and so they decided to go in a different direction.

I would bet money that if Emmitt does retire they will find some way to have him signed back as a Cowboy and he will retire as such.
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Actually Jerry and Emmitt have a very good relationship; Emmitt wanted to continue playing as the feature back and the team/management felt that he would command a high salary they could not afford and so they decided to go in a different direction.

I would bet money that if Emmitt does retire they will find some way to have him signed back as a Cowboy and he will retire as such.

hmmmmm you sure jerry has a good relation ship with anybody ? Doesnt seem possible to me. And if ya look at it he problably should of been the featured running back still, Hambrick sucked and george did NO better, and emmitt had a prety good season considering it is Arizona !
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I am positive Jerry and Emmitt have a good relationship. I heard Emmitt say so in interviews on TV.

I don't think Emmitt would have been playing much with JJ there but I imagine in retrospect Jerry would not have let Emmitt go if something could have been worked out. I have read where Bill Parcells did not want Emmitt so he left but I don't know if that is just conjecture or fact because I have never heard him say that.
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Actually Jerry and Emmitt have a very good relationship; Emmitt wanted to continue playing as the feature back and the team/management felt that he would command a high salary they could not afford and so they decided to go in a different direction.

I would bet money that if Emmitt does retire they will find some way to have him signed back as a Cowboy and he will retire as such.
They have patched things up over time but Emmitt was pretty upset when he left. The Cowboys only offered him league minimum. He didn't want to break the bank and even hinted he would play for between 1 and 2 mil. I am sure in hindsight they wish they had signed him to the same contract as the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals deal with Emmitt was for 7+ million for 2 years I think.

I am not sure because I have never heard this from his lips but I suspect Bill did not want him and that was obviously a wrong decision. If he would have played for a million or more and stayed with the Cowboys I guess that would have been a bargain considering Hambrick was a big nothing and only this year they have a hint of a good running game with JJ coming on.

I saw a whole ton of Emmitt games in person. Special back, never hurt and a real good team leader. He's one of my alltime favorite players. He'll be missed.

I heard on the radio he is interested in going into a group of investors interested in buying the Vikings. I cannot remember the main guy's name but they said if it goes thru he will be the NFL's first minority owner.
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the NFL lost one of the best running backs ever today...as much as I don't like him, I can honestly admit I will miss him from the game. What a better replacement for Emmitt than Maurice Clarett! real good for the game
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I will lose respect for him if he retires 3 days before the Superbowl and upstages the biggest game of the year...
he didnt upstage anything today...and even if he did, he deserves to do it
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he didnt upstage anything today...and even if he did, he deserves to do it
Well, they better not talk about Smith during the Super Bowl. I want more FredEx!!! As much as I hate some of MLB's rules and regulations, the one I like is the gag they put on big annoucements during All-Star and World Series week. It makes sure all the attention is on the game. Smith wanted the attention cause he didnt get any his two years in Arizona...

And I guess Smith is the exception to "No player is bigger than the game"
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the NFL lost one of the best running backs ever today...as much as I don't like him, I can honestly admit I will miss him from the game. What a better replacement for Emmitt than Maurice Clarett! real good for the game
OK why the heck would you dislike the guy and why would you even think about comparing him to Maurice Clarett?
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Well, they better not talk about Smith during the Super Bowl. I want more FredEx!!! As much as I hate some of MLB's rules and regulations, the one I like is the gag they put on big annoucements during All-Star and World Series week. It makes sure all the attention is on the game. Smith wanted the attention cause he didnt get any his two years in Arizona...

And I guess Smith is the exception to "No player is bigger than the game"
First of all the game hasn't even happened yet. After about a couple of days the media has already ran out of things to discuss and are praying for some stupid player to say something stupid(drop dead fred, that should be his nickname). I would rather hear from Emmit Smith than some dumbass wanna be wr, or what god has told T.O. Emmit deserves his day and if they do talk about him during the superbowl its only because he's the all time leading rusher, a great player, and a great person.
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