CANTON, OHIO — Listening to Hall of Famers talk about Emmitt Smith, you hear the same stories — it was his heart and desire that pushed him to great heights.
But give credit to Hall of Fame Steelers RB Franco Harris, who might have had the best comparison.
“He reminds me of Rocky,” Harris said. “They always talked about his athletic ability. They always talked about his size or his speed. But how do you measure heart and desire? When you see him on film, you see that heart and desire. You also see it in his accomplishments.
“When I watched him, I always loved the way he ran. The way he took on tacklers, made people miss, shows you that football is not a game of 40-times and agility drills. To me, Emmitt Smith was the ultimate football player running back.”
— Adam Rank