Holding back tears after a minute-long standing ovation, NFL
career rushing leader Emmitt Smith has been inducted into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame.
Finishing off a hat trick for the ”Triplets,” Smith joined
Dallas Cowboys teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin in the
shrine Saturday night. He enters as the NFL’s top runner with
18,355 yards and leader in touchdowns rushing (164), seasons with
1,000 or more yards on the ground (11) and games with 100 yards
Smith made the hall in his first year of eligibility and won
three Super Bowls, taking MVP honors in the 1994 game.
Smith immediately paid tribute to Walter Payton, the man he
surpassed for the rushing record, saying, ”He had a heart that
said I can achieve, I will achieve, and I will be successful. Now,
here I am standing at the same podium he did.”