I don't have to put on shoulder pads and run out there and let somebody hit on me a little bit.

- Emmitt Smith

I have been a Cowboys fan since I was a little bitty boy. And my dream has finally become a reality, of not only just playing a professional, becoming a professional athlete, but playing for the team that I always wanted to play for.

- Emmitt Smith

I was actually looking for answers where I kept asking myself - what am I doing?

- Emmitt Smith

I have achieved everything that I ever wanted to accomplish in this game and more so, for me, I have been fulfilled.

- Emmitt Smith

It's been a tremendous ride. My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up.

- Emmitt Smith

I've given everything I can possible to the game, on and off the field.

- Emmitt Smith

As a former football player who has carried a football more than 4,000 times, trust me, I did not go into ballroom dancing with my body being 100 percent, with no aches or pains or ailments coming with me. When you're dancing, you're doing stuff that your body's not used to, and so you start to aggravate those old injuries.

- Emmitt Smith

My mom said, 'Don't get married. You're too young. Go out there and experience what life has to offer.' And I did.

- Emmitt Smith

I know how important it is to have your quarterback standing upright. Matter of fact, I know how important it is not to allow someone hit on him period because I want him to think that this pocket is completely safe, no one is going to get to me and I got all the time in the world to make whatever decisions I need to make.

- Emmitt Smith

Consistency is one of the hallmarks of my career. You knew what you were going to get out of E-Smith every game, every year, no matter if I was 22, 21 or 35 years old.

- Emmitt Smith