A run at the record

Emmitt Smith is 93 yards from breaking Walton Payton's rushing record and should surpass the mark set by the Bears legend Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

"Actually I'm hoping he would just do it and get it over with, I'm sure he is to," said Connie Payton widow of Walter. "It's just been one big roller coaster and I know it's been a hard season, but he's a good guy. He deserves it he truly does."

Smith has a chance to break the record Sunday as the Cowboys to take on the Seattle Seahawks, who are ranked last in the league in rush defense surrendering 189.5 yards per game.

Payton has held the record of 16,726 rushing yards since passing Jim Brown on Oct. 7, 1984.

Cowboys and head coach Dave Campo have decided to start rookie quarterback Chad Hutchinson over the struggling second year quarterback Quincy Carter.

Starting a rookie quarterback, and facing the worst rush defense in the NFL lead to an obvious offensive attack for the Cowboys, run the ball. Emmitt should get his chances on Sunday, if he fails to obtain the record on Sunday though, he will surely break it on the road, as the Cowboys play their next two games at Detroit and Indianapolis.

Smith admitted he idolized Payton on the field, but he was much more than a football player.

"I liked the man for who he really was," Smith said. "I got to know the man personally, not because of what he does on the football field. I got to know the man. Most people don't know people, they know their jersey number, the team that he plays for, and what's on the back of his nameplate. I can honestly say that I had the chance to get to know him, and that part of him I like a lot. I really do, and it's very special.

"When you look at him and the way that he ran the ball, he carried it with a passion. He carried it with a vengeance. He wasn't the guy that shied away from contact. He had fun, and was determined. He just got the job done. He wasn't the biggest man, yet he was one of the most effective."

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