Smith: Rushing Record will be Broken

Former Cowboy and HOF RB Emmit Smith says that he thinks that his NFL rushing record is going to be gone someday, and it’s not going to take all that long:

Twelve years after that conversation, on Oct. 27, 2002, Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. He may have gotten the last laugh in 2004, when he had his final carry to finish with 18,355 yards. It is a record some believe will stand forever. “I do believe it will be approached,” Smith said. “Before he had ever played an NFL game, Emmitt Smith predicted to new teammate Michael Irvin that he would break the league’s rushing record on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Irvin laughed.

“I would be naïve to think that it could be not approached, because, hey, no one actually thought that Walter Payton’s record could be approached. Here I am, in 2002, ended up breaking that record and extended it out to 18,000-plus yards. I’m not going to sit here and tell you the record is not going to be approached or broken, but I do know this: It’s going to take an awful lot to get there, because I know what it took for me to get there. It’s not easy.”


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