Foolish to Say Emmitt Smith Was Overrated

Foolish to Say Emmitt Smith Was Overrated

Emmitt Smith’s induction into the Hall of Fame led to some complaints that he was overrated and that he wasn’t in Barry Sanders’s class. Andy Barall, who writes about pro football history for The Fifth Down, offered some context to Smith’s career.

There seems to be a perception that Emmitt Smith played only on great teams in Dallas and that he ran only behind powerhouse offensive lines, with a Hall of Fame quarterback (Aikman), a Hall of Fame wide receiver (Irvin), an excellent receiving tight end (Novacek) and a great blocking fullback (Johnston), and that we don’t know how he would’ve done with a bad team. That’s simply not true.

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