Smith Denies Retirement Story

Emmitt Smith became the talk of Super Bowl week Tuesday without saying a word.

Emmitt Smith is going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he gets his chance to be on the list for enshrinement. But, before that happens, he must retire -- which may or may not be coming soon.

Smith denied published reports Tuesday that have him retiring as early as tomorrow. ESPN cited "confidantes" of Smith as saying he's hanging up his cleats, while the St. Paul Pioneer Press added that Smith is retiring to become a limited partner in the Reggie Fowler ownership group trying to buy the Vikings.

As VU has learned the hard way, breaking news on the retirement of a player is always an iffy proposition (much less with a running back named Smith), so we'll reserve judgment on the validity of the stories. But, if Smith is in fact going to be one of the faces of the Fowler ownership group, it is another sign that there may be some legitimacy to the group -- and it may be willing to meet Red McCombs' asking price.

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