Emmitt or "Scoey" as he has been known by the Smith family from the beginning was born on May 15th, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida. He was the third Emmit Smith and at a very early age he added another T to the end of his first name delineating it from his father’s and grandfather’s. He has kept that extra T on there his entire life. Emmitt was 1 of 5 children and is described as being an honest caring boy who’s interest in football superseded just about everything else in life except family. Smith's Mother Mary used to turn the TV channel to a football game when he was little to calm him. He started playing organized football when he was 7 in the mini-might division of the Salvation Army Optimists League. Emmitt focused on football while other kids were getting into trouble with gangs, drugs, and anything else that would ruin their lives. Asked once how he avoided all of those problem situations Smith got a strange look in his eyes and said it had never occurred to him to get involved with them.
Emmitt Smith is the all time leading rusher in NFL History with 18,355 yards in his career! He will soon be featured on the new TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” debuting on NBC March 5th, 2010. There has been much written concerning Emmitt Smith not just because of his record setting ways, but in the world of seamy athletic stars he seems to be a shining light. His life up until this point has been both spectacular in accomplishments and yet filled with service and hope. I am looking forward to see where his family roots take us.
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