IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 27: Running Back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates beating the NFL rushing record during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium on October 27, 2002 in Irving, Texas. The Seahawks defeated the Cowboys 17-14. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
As the Dallas Cowboys of 2010 have so little (if anything at all) to celebrate, we at Blue Star have decided it’s time to begin looking back for some sense of glory, or relevance to the National Football League--and, at least in this regard, Cowboys fans have a lot to feel good about.
On this day in 2002, Dallas running back (and future champion ballroom dancer) Emmitt Smith surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Smith broke Payton’s record with an otherwise unremarkable 11-yard gain against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium (that place where the Cowboys used to play) and, in doing so, fulfilled a goal he set for himself at the outset of his career.
Smith, of course, would gain entrance to the Pro Football Hall of Fame eight years later, in 2010, just before the Cowboys embarked on a season many hoped would end in their new stadium for Super Bowl XLV.
Okay, so to this point, that part hasn’t worked out so well. But Emmitt, he was really good!
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