Emmitt Smith played college football at the University of Florida where he surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark after only seven games -- faster than any player in college football history. When he ended his college career in 1989, after only three seasons, he held 58 school records.
Emmitt Smith was released by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 and played his final two NFL seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. However, on February 3, 2005, he signed a ceremonial contract reuniting him with his former team so that he could retire as a Dallas Cowboy.
On October 27, 2002, Emmitt Smith became the NFL's career rushing leader, surpassing Walter Payton who had retired with 16,726 rushing yards. Emmitt finished his 15-year career with an amazing 18,355 rushing yards! He also compiled 164 touchdowns, another NFL record.