August 8, 2010 by staff
Emmitt Smith, (ESPN) — CANTON, Ohio – Emmitt Smith shouted several times on Saturday night when talking about his life as an NFL player since it was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He shed tears when speaking of his former teammate, and fullback Daryl Johnston, who said, “You mean the world to me … not simply because we share the backfield itself but because they sacrificed so much to me.”
Smith also said that another man killed so he could live his dream of playing in the NFL: his father, Emmitt II.
When the elder Smith was growing up in Pensacola, Florida, he was offered a scholarship to play football at Fisk University. But his mother was sick and he refused to look after her. Instead, Emmitt II played soccer semi and drove a bus for a bus company Pensacola.
So when the newest member of the Hall of Fame who played high school football Friday night, went to see his father play the next day.
During the time the child father to see the work by the bus company over 25 years, never knowing how good of a football player he was.
“Now, I did not know all the sacrifices, until they became older,” said Smith. “At this point there is much talk of sacrifice, and as a growing child seeing his father doing what he’s doing. You do not know how it got to that point, there was never a discussion.”
Towards the end of his speech on Saturday, Smith spoke with emotion of his father. He spoke the man who made the sacrifice.
Each meter Smith won in the NFL, 18 355 of them, every touchdown, 164, all carry, 4409, in some way was dedicated to his father. Smith said he was playing for his father and the father of his father and his son, EJ
The sacrifice of his father did before his birth resonated with Smith.
The elder Smith said to his son who lived through it. When he saw No. 22, saw what could have been if he took advantage of the opportunity.
Most often, the children admire their parents. In this case, the father watching his son.
“I can relate to it and have the opportunity to live the dream of his father,” said Michael Irvin, who spoke about his own father during his speech when he was installed in 2007. “God gave his father a second chance to reach that dream through Emmitt and his father made the right decision to give up his dream of taking charge of his mother. That’s lovely man, that’s beautiful when you think in it. ”
Smith maintains his address a secret from his family, not so much to surprise them, but to express their feelings in a personal way that only they understand.
When he spoke of how his father sacrificed to go to college to care for her mother, Smith’s parents – Mary and Emmitt II, sitting in the front row – shook his head.
“When I walked by [Pensacola] and run into players who knew him when he was playing and start listening to stories, you’re like, ‘Yeah, but where is the tape?”
Smith said. “Everybody says, ‘Yes, yes I hear you.” “Everyone is inventing, but at the end of the day, many people say the same and there is some consistency in that. Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and he obviously had a bit of fire in the rear when I was running game. “
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