Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s rushing record

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Ten years ago today, Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s All-Time leading rusher breaking Walter Payton’s rushing record.  

Smith ended his NFL career with 18,355 rushing yards.


This day in Cowboys history

Sunday, October 27, 2002

On this day in Texas Stadium Cowboys Ring of Honor and NFL Hall of Fame member running back Emmitt Smith broke the great Walter Payton’s all time rushing record of 16,726 yards. He would finish the game with 109 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Smith, is the only running back in NFL history to ever win a Super Bowl championship, NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing title, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season (1993).

Emmitt Smith would finish his NFL career with 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns.

Here is a list of Emmitt Smith’s greatest accomplishments.

• 3 Super Bowl Championships.
• 1993 NFL Most Valuable Player.
• Super Bowl XXVIII MVP.
• 4 Rushing Titles.
• 9 Pro Bowl Selections.
• 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards.
• 8 Seasons with 10 touchdowns.
• 74 100-yard rushing games in the NFL.


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