The Blatant Disrespect of Emmitt Smith

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A few days ago there was a post that featured 4 of the best runners in my lifetime and it said that if you had to choose any one of them to cut in their prime who would it be? The choices were Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Bo Jackson. Immediately without thought when I saw it I let Emmitt go. As I stared at the picture more and more, I started to ask myself why? Why Emmitt?

Everyone attributes Emmitt’s success to his offensive line. Upon further review, I decided that maybe before making a rushed decision based on what I remember, maybe I should go watch a little film. I can honestly say that I was in middle and high school when Bo was relevant and I was in elementary school when Walter Payton was relevant. Continue reading

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Recognizing Greatness

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There are only so many chances in life to witness greatness. You aren’t really sure at first if you’re watching it until you can’t stop finding a reason to look. I’ve seen greatness in spells in my lifetime. I saw Muhammad Ali defy the odds, I saw Mike Tyson for 3 years be as unstoppable as a man can be. I remember watching Kareem with the sky hook make the greatest defenders of all time look like mere mortals.

As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate the great athletes and what they bring to the table. Barry Sanders comes to mind when I think of a person who has done the most with less. Michael Jordan comes to mind when I think of one man who when surrounded by a great cast can put on an epic show that is undeniable. However the latest additions to legendary status in my opinion are Lebron James and Tom Brady. Continue reading