Many pro-athletes often face the dilemma of what to do once their glory days are over. Some engage in useful ventures while some simply pack on the pounds. If there is one athlete who is doing well in retirement, it is Emmitt Smith. Smith spent 15 years in the NFL during which he established himself as one of the best running backs in the history of the league. Since retiring, Smith has gone on to become an author, a motivational speaker, philanthropist, businessman and TV personality. Want to know more about this illustrious individual? Then, you are in the right place.
Who is Emmitt Smith?
Emmitt James Smith III was born on the 15th of May 1969 in Pensacola, Florida. His father’s name is Emmitt James Smith Jr. while his mother’s name is Mary. The running back also has three brothers, Emory, Emil and Erik as well as a sister named Marsha. Smith spent his formative years in Pensacola and attended Escambia High School. While there, he was an outstanding football player and led his school to the state championship title. He also recorded the second-highest rushing yards ever in the history of high school football. Following his high school exploits, Emmitt Smith received a scholarship to the University of Florida. He spent three years at the institution during which he set several school records including most rushing yards in a single game and a single season.
Emmitt Smith was drafted into the NFL in the year 1990. The Florida native would go on to spend a total of 15 years in the league during which he played for just two teams, The Dallas Cowboys (13 years) and the Arizona Cardinals (2 years). Smith established himself as one of the best running backs that the NFL would ever see. He set the record for most career rushing yards (18,355) and most career rushing touchdowns (164). The running back also became the first player in NFL history to accumulate 1,000+ yards in 11 consecutive seasons. Smith also won numerous trophies in the course of his glorious carer including three Super Bowls; in 1992, 1993 and 1995.
Family (Wife and Son)
Smith is enjoying marital bliss with wife, Patricia Smith nee Southall. Patricia is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, and studied journalism at the James Madison University. She is also a former beauty queen and has gone on to become a well-known philanthropist. Smith first met his wife at a music festival in Aruba. They later commenced a relationship during which the running back strayed and got his ex-girlfriend, Hope Wilson, pregnant. Patricia made the courageous decision to forgive her man and the couple recommenced their relationship. They later tied the knot on the 22nd of April 2000. Smith and his wife now have a total of five children. They are Emmitt IV, Skylar and Elijah Alexander, Rheagan (from Smith’s relationship with Hope Wilson) and Jasmine Page Lawrence (from Southall’s first marriage to popular actor/comic, Martin Lawrence).
How Tall is He?
Emmitt Smith is comparatively small for an ideal NFL running back. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.75 m) and his weight is given as 210 lbs (95 kg). Smith’s small stature haunted him during his high school and college days. It dissuaded many teams from signing him despite his exploits on the field of play. In fact, one recruiter predicted that he would fall flat on his face. The tireless Smith, however, shrugged off the naysayers and went on to have a glorious career.
Emmitt Smith’s Net Worth
The legendary running back has a net worth estimated at $50 million. His significant fortune stems from the juicy contracts and endorsement deals he signed during his playing days. Additionally, Smith has established himself as a successful businessman in retirement. He owns several companies spanning the real estate, construction, and technology industries. One of them is Smith/Cypress Partners LP, a company specializes in turning underutilized lands into viable properties.
Another veritable source of income for Smith is public speaking engagements. The retired NFL star is a highly sought-after public speaker and has been invited to speak at several motivational fora. Meanwhile, Smith has disclosed that the best money advice he ever received was from Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Jones reportedly advised him to have a wide front door (income) and a small backdoor (expenses).
Other Facts About Emmitt Smith
– He completed his degree in public recreation from the University of Florida in 1996.
– He won the 2006 edition of Dancing with the Stars. His partner was professional dancer, Cheryl Burke.
– Smith flipped the coin during the start of Super Bowl XLIV in February 2010.
– He has authored several books including Game On: Find Your Purpose – Pursue Your Dream.
– The Florida native has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (in 2006) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010).