Found March 19, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
PLAYERS: Emmitt Smith
TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys
Emmitt Smith has made headlines the last few days because of his opinion on an NFL rule change. The former Dallas Cowboys running back doesn't like the idea of penalizing a running back for lowering his helmet to initiate contact with defenders. During a Monday phone interview, Smith explained why he calls the rule ridiculous. "I think it affects every aspect of our game," Smith said. "As a running back, you've been taught since you were a little kid to get behind your shoulder pads to protect yourself and lower your shoulder. The first thing you do is lower your shoulder but attached to your shoulder is your head. It's not like you're trying to go in there and really trying to deliver a blow but your head is part of protecting yourself, and it gets in the way a lot whether or not you're trying to hit with the crown of your head or you're trying to brush somebody off with your shoulder. "Once your head gets in contact with another persons head it's just a natural part of the process of getting tackled. I think the rule itself is a little ridiculous. I don't think the person that's actually evaluating it appropriately is really thinking about the running back in terms of the other areas that he is going to expose himself to." Between rule changes, parity because of the salary cap and more running backs splitting time, Smith should feel pretty good about his rushing record. The closest active running back to Smith's 18,355 yards is Atlanta's Steven Jackson at 10,135 yards. Jackson, who played the previous nine seasons in St. Louis, turns 30 this summer. Plus, he's joining a much more pass-friendly offense. But Smith said he isn't concerned about a runner breaking his record. "I don't think I will have a record that will last forever," Smith said. "I'm a person that likes to think that records are meant to be broken. I think there's someone out there playing the game today or some kid running around a park throwing a ball up in the air and his mom or dad talked about Emmitt Smith when he was little. He may grow up saying 'I want to do exactly what he did. I want to break his record.' That kid is out there some place, somewhere, waiting for his opportunity. Put it this way, I don't care if it's broken. I've done what I've needed to do. I've achieved my level of success. The rest is up to someone else to try to do the same thing." At 43, one of Smith's biggest concerns has become winning his battle with gout. The Hall of Fame running back is working to raise awareness about the inflammatory arthritis after suffering a painful flare up in his foot about a year ago. Smith, who is working with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, advises those looking for more information about gout to go to Gout.com. "I've been managing it and so far, so good," Smith said. "When I learned about it I obviously had to go to the doctor because my flare up had me in such pain that I needed to get some relief. I went to the doctor, got tested, got evaluated, and come to find out my uric acid levels were fairly high. Now, I'm just trying to monitor myself, take the advice from my doctor and train as much as I possibly can." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Emmitt Smith doesn't like NFL rule change

Emmitt Smith has made headlines the last few days because of his opinion on an NFL rule change. The former Dallas Cowboys running back doesn't like the idea of penalizing a running back for lowering his helmet to initiate contact with defenders. During a Monday phone interview, Smith explained why he calls the rule ridiculous. "I think it affects every aspect of our game...

Smith: Romo not comfortable behind O-line

Emmitt Smith ran behind some of the best offensive lines in league history during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. It's obvious that the Cowboys' current front five doesn't compare to those groups. Actually, the Cowboys are coming off a season when it appeared as if they had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. According to Smith, the unit protecting Tony Romo...

Jerry Jones has to give Tony Romo help in Dallas if they want to win in the playoffs. Mock Draft 4.0.

The Cowboys always get a lot of hype, the problem is they are not living up to it.  Tony Romo has talent at the skill positions but needs to have time to throw the ball.  Will Jerry give him the help he needs? 1 Kansas City - Eric Fisher, OT 2 Jacksonville - Luke Joeckel, OT 3 Oakland - Sharrif Floyd, DT 4 Philadelphia -  Star Latulelei, DT 5 Detroit - Dion...

Cowboys bring back Ernie Sims

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys have re-signed linebacker Ernie Sims. LB Ernie Sims signed a 1 year contract with the Cowboys. Stephen Jones said Cowboys have five figures in salary cap room. — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 18, 2013 Sims recorded 44 tackles and 1 sack in 2012.   Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script...
GET THAT MONEY

Romo, Cowboys close on extension

The Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo are close on a contract extension that will keep the quarterback with the team.

Dallas Cowboys and The I’ds of March: WWYD (What would YOU do)?

Hey, Dallas Cowboys fans, the Ides of March have come and gone. For those of you that have no clue what the Ides of March is in the first place, here you go: The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides ...

Cowboys reportedly still looking to extend Tony Romo

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Cowboys are still looking to sign quarterback Tony Romo to an extension so they can free up more cap room and make some moves in free agency. Instead of focusing on signing any free agents right now,  I think the Cowboys are going to work hard to get an extension done for both Romo and linebacker Anthony Spencer...

Cowboys to play in Hall of Fame game

DALLAS - The NFL confirms the Dallas Cowboys will play in the Hall of Fame preseason game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The Cowboys, who will play the Miami Dolphins, will be a featured attraction on the weekend. Cowboys great Larry Allen is being inducted into the Hall of Fame (with his presenter being owner Jerry Jones). Bill Parcells, a former Cowboys coach, is also...

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Day Two Strategy

The way last year ended (with Tony Romo running for his life every time the ball was snapped) locks in the first choice for the Cowboys.The first round pick will be an offensive lineman.However, a first round pick is going to be a cornerstone of your franchise, no matter who you pick.  It's only possible to fail by selecting a bust.The second and third rounds, which take place...

HOF game to feature Cowboys, Dolphins

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will meet in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4 to open the NFL's preseason. The night game at Fawcett Stadium will follow the induction ceremonies the previous day. Entering the Hall of Fame will be former Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen, former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter, and Bill Parcells, who coached in...
Cowboys News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.