Emmitt Smith gets gold jacket: ‘I’m going home where I belong’

Emmitt Smith gets gold jacket: ‘I’m going home where I belong’

By TODD ARCHERThe Dallas Morning News

CANTON, Ohio – The Nitschke Luncheon is held the Friday of every Hall of Fame weekend. It’s where the current Hall of Famers welcome the incoming class and remind them just how exclusive the club is and what it means.

As is the ritual, new players could not speak at the private event, so Emmitt Smith listened.

He looked around the room and saw some of the greatest players ever. And he saw some faces he’s known for years, closer to some maybe than others, but bonded by the uniform.

Troy Aikman was there. So were Roger Staubach , Bob Lilly and Mel Renfro.

“To see them, I mean, I’m going home,” Smith said at a news conference later in the day. “I’m going home with the rest of the Cowboys, and I feel like it’s a place where I belong.”

With 18,355 yards, Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl pick. He led the NFL in rushing four times. Nobody has more rushing touchdowns (164). He won three Super Bowls in the 1990s.

On Friday night, Smith was given his gold jacket at a public dinner. Today, he officially takes his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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