Friday, February 4

THE INCOMPARABLE EMMITT SMITH RETIRES IN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL

If you watched the press conference on television yesterday and, better still, if like me, you're a Dallas Cowboys' fan, then you felt the emotions that poured out of Emmitt Smith's heart and their sincerity touched your own. It was a poignant moment for the superstar and multiple NFL record holder, and an era has now officially closed in the lore of "America's Team." To his eternal credit, Emmitt Smith was a thorough professional on the field and an individual of dignity and class off of it. He was a sports' hero and role model in an age when fewer than ever exist. He walks away from the game with three Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP award; but its the effervescent, schoolboy smile, pride of purpose and raw courage of the man that I'll remember.