As first reported late Wednesday evening, Emmitt Smith's playing days at Texas Stadium are done.
"It is with great emotion that I announce that Emmitt Smith will not be a part of the 2003 Dallas Cowboys football team," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the news conference.
Emmitt will turn 34 in May and was due a base salary of $7 million next season, with a salary-cap figure of $9.8 million. With the Cowboys releasing him today, he'll still count $4.9 million against next season's cap.
For Emmitt, his playing days are not yet over. It is believed that he will make some serious noise as a free agent, possibly signing with either New England, Tampa Bay, or the Oakland Raiders in the coming weeks.
"In my mind, I think I'm a 1,300-yard back, and I will be out to prove that," Smith said at the press conference announcing his release.
While it certainly had to be awkward for Jerry Jones to cut the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Jones was not without emotion in his announcement.
"He will forever be a part of the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said. "I mean that more than as a legacy."
Smith will leave the Cowboys having played in 201 games, rushing 4052 times for 17162 yards and 153 touchdowns. The total rushing yardage of just over 17,000 is the top mark ever achieved by a single player in the National Football League.
In addition to holding the all-time rushing yardage record, Emmitt Smith holds rushing marks for career attempts, touchdowns in a season and in a career, and for 1,000-yard seasons. He also holds postseason rushing records for yards, touchdowns and 100-yard games.
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It's Official, Emmitt's Done in Dallas
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