NFL Legend Emmitt Smith Speaks at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

NFL Legend Emmitt Smith is beloved throughout the state of Texas for his lengthy association with the Dallas Cowboys. That made his last speaking engagement last week fitting as it took place at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The school brought in Smith to kick off their Distinguished Speaker series and his message did not disappoint. His presentation focused on building people up to rise above any obstacles they may face. 

“I am here tonight just to try and inspire each and every one of you to achieve your own level of greatness,” Smith said. “Because many times people think that, you know, celebrities and things like that are just for certain people. It’s not. We are all clothed in our own talent, and we all have the opportunity to achieve a level of greatness.”

Smith is known for speaking to some of the top corporate groups in the world, but this presentation was specifically tailored to students. However, he encouraged the group during his appearance to reach beyond that designation. 

“You are more than just a student,” Smith said. “You are more than just a son or daughter. You are more than, and you will become more than the next person, if you choose to.”

Smith rushed for a record 18,355 yards in 15 seasons, 14 of them with the Cowboys. Dallas originally selected him in 1990 and he went on to win three Super Bowls with the franchise. 

Smith racked up 11 consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He led the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns four times each. 

Smith's pinnacle season came in 1993 when he was named NFL MVP and received his second of four straight first-team All-Pro selections. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. 

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