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(MSNBC)   Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton's career rushing record   ( divider line
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2002-10-27 06:54:05 PM  
Where is Michael Haddix when you need him?
2002-10-27 06:54:36 PM  
Kolacky -
in his last year, he had 533 yds. he played 12 games.

the 4 years previous, he was never under 1333.

The last time Emmitt came near that was 1999.
2002-10-27 06:55:39 PM  
What were Payton's last few years like? I don't know but I suspect that they were also mediocre.

wrong. try a google search, spanky.
2002-10-27 06:57:11 PM  
Alph -

the years everyone biatched about ripken were not his last years. they were 91-96, at the end of the streak.

during that time, he hit 280 with an average of 21 HRs and 90 RBIs. Look that up for this year's fantasy kids.

I can't stand Emmitt Smith. He's playing just to get the record.

Anyone who thinks Ripken was, is talking out of their ass.
2002-10-27 06:58:56 PM  
Met him his rookie year. Nice guy, very shy...has been
fun to watch him develop over the years. Very gutty and
durable back, played through a lot of pain. Had great
off line sure, but his gift is in those numerous times
when it looks like he is stopped at the line, yet manages
to stretch it out to another 3-4 yards somehow.

Listen: I lived in Chicago. Walter will always have the
love of the people, and he deserves it--he earned it both
on and off the field. Having his record broken in no way
diminishes any of that. Emmitt respects that, and is also
deserving of respect for his accomplishments (which include
most rushing touchdowns and three Super Bowls, ya haters).
2002-10-27 07:00:29 PM  
Addendum on Ripken:

in 1999, he played 86 games. He had 18 HRs and 57 RBIs.

in 2000, he played 83 games. He had 15 HRs and 56 RBIs.

Held on too long? do the math.
2002-10-27 07:03:37 PM  
Payton last 3 years:
1985 - 324 carries, 1551 yds, 9 TD
1986 - 321 carries, 1333 yds, 8 TD
1987 - 146 carries, 533 yds, 4 TD

Smith last 3 years:
1999 - 329 carries, 1397 yds, 11 TD
2000 - 294 carries, 1203 yds, 9 TD
2001 - 261 carries, 1021 yds, 3 TD

Emmitt needed about 90 more carries than Walter to break the record.

I don't like either team. I admire both players.
2002-10-27 07:05:33 PM  
Expo -

nice job, but you gotta include 2002 for Emmitt.
2002-10-27 07:06:17 PM  

It's a 16-game schedule now. 1,000-yard seasons are slightly above mediocre.

Emmitt has been durable. And isn't a criminal like many of his teammates were.

He also is nothing near the running back Payton or Sanders was.

But, good for him. He reached the number he's been obsessed with.
2002-10-27 07:06:22 PM  
emmit sucks, he had about a 100% better offensive line then payton had. Payton is still the best runner ever. Emmit is a class act, good guy, but will never have anything on payton.

2002-10-27 07:08:34 PM  
Alph The streak didn't span the last years of Rip's career.
2002-10-27 07:11:35 PM  
Payton's last season was only 2 years removed from the Bear's Super Bowl. They were still a dominant team with a great offensive line when he retired. Not so with Emmitt.
2002-10-27 07:13:17 PM  
Ya know, I wasn't saying anything one way or the other about Smith, or the Cowboys, or whosits or whatsits. I just said that I miss Sweetness. I really haven't gotten much into football since him....
2002-10-27 07:15:18 PM  
Games played Walter 190, Emmitt 193. Rush Att. W 3838 E 3929. YDS W 16726. E 16743. TD W 110. E 150.

That is to the second. Looks close to me. Except for the TDs. And stop with the if this, if that. They played when and where they played. Deal with it. If my sister had balls she would be my brother.
2002-10-27 07:15:30 PM  
And, Expo, that's kinda deceiving.

1987 was a strike year. Payton only played 12 games that year.
2002-10-27 07:15:38 PM  
EXPOSITION, the jury is still out on emmitt's last year, though. anybody got his current stats?
2002-10-27 07:19:15 PM  
RandyJohnson -

I agree completely.

I just like Sweetness because for a long time, he had no surrounding cast.

kinda thjesame reason I liked James Wilder.
2002-10-27 07:22:00 PM  
You guys are idiots. The only real player in the game is Randy Moss.
2002-10-27 07:22:34 PM  
I just wish his Mama hadn't let him grow up to be a Cowboy. Props to Emmitt (but Walter was the best I ever saw).
2002-10-27 07:23:16 PM  
Emmit Smith's record is monumental, but we need to remember the other great feat that occurred today, that being the Chiefs defense holding Oakland to 10 points. Suck it Al Davis.
2002-10-27 07:24:31 PM  
when i was a little kid growing up in chicago, walter peyton lived a few houses down fron us. i remember him being a really nice guy, he used to come outside at night and throw the football around with the neighborhood kids. a true class act.
2002-10-27 07:29:59 PM  
Walter's still the better restauranteur.
2002-10-27 07:32:15 PM  
impaler, i don't think you could have made a more offensive comment than to say anything good about that sack of shiat. especially when we are talking about smith and peyton, two really great guys off hte feild as well as on.
2002-10-27 07:33:19 PM  
75% of whats wrong with this team is the CEO. If you lookup micro-manager in the dictionary, you'll see Jerry Jones fat, ugly, smug, cosmetic surgerized face looken back atcha. Thats why Jimmy Johnson lasted only a few years, he wouldn't put up with J. Jones shiat! Dave Campo is a yes man. The Cowboys will never win another Super Bowl unless Jones hires a head coach that has his own game-plan and doesn't put up with his boss's shiat. Emmit is one of the very few "good guys" that is left on this pitiful team. He is very deserving of this great honor! Jerry Jones sucks!
2002-10-27 07:34:13 PM  
Emmit Smith can't even sniff Walter Paytons' jockstrap. Shame to see the record fall...damn shame. We miss Sweetness...a true running back :). Oh...Barry Sanders was a good one too. Oh to be him.
2002-10-27 07:36:46 PM  
Did I just say Randy Moss is the only real player in the game?

*puts down crack pipe*
2002-10-27 07:38:30 PM  
Sweetness had class. That is all.
2002-10-27 07:38:59 PM  
3 words: he's better than you
2002-10-27 07:39:42 PM  
shows what I know -- that's 4 words
2002-10-27 07:41:18 PM  
Yards per carry is the true measure of who was the best.
Jim Brown = 5.2
Walter Payton = 4.4
Emmitt Smith = 4.3
2002-10-27 07:43:11 PM  
my husband and I saw Walter at the World of Wheels three days before he announced he was sick, and I remember commenting that he looked like hell, he was really thin, and even through the sunglasses he never took off, you could see that the whites of his eyes where yellow....hubby had his rookie card autographed. We now have a shrine for the guy.....all kinds of autograped photos, posters and an autographed jersey....nobody will ever compare, ever!

Never Die Easy!!!!
2002-10-27 07:47:57 PM  
MILF alert.
2002-10-27 07:49:59 PM  
Emmitt Smith ownz. And while he was the best largely because he played for the best, that just makes me the smarter person, since I am a Cowboys fan.

Payton was amazing too though, and Barry Sanders could have made this a moot point if he had stuck around, or better yet went to another team.

Go boys!

[image from too old to be available]

Greatest quarterback evar!
2002-10-27 07:54:12 PM  
MILF alert.

not too sure on that one. 3 kids and tons of FP
2002-10-27 07:54:36 PM  
No Grivas he was the greatest punter/quarterback ever.
2002-10-27 07:56:05 PM  
What is FP?
2002-10-27 07:58:39 PM  
Go Packers!
2002-10-27 08:04:23 PM  
ankle size is one way to judge FP

moms are another way
2002-10-27 08:04:39 PM  
Go back to milking your cow, Wisconsinite (or wis-symp)!
2002-10-27 08:06:07 PM  
Everyone talks about how Emmitt got his yards because of the Cowboys' great O-line...anyone ever consider that Emmitt helped the line look good by being a great back?
2002-10-27 08:13:12 PM  
I think I'll go back to milking your mother,, I mean FifthColumn.
2002-10-27 08:16:25 PM  
The only thing Jim Brown has ever been good at is beating on women.

Seeing how people are going to say Sanders was the best ever, (I agree) you have to list Gayle Sayers up there, the man had crazy moves.
2002-10-27 08:23:32 PM  
Heh. Staubach used to call him "America's Punter"...
2002-10-27 08:24:32 PM  
Barry Sanders was the best. If you look at the stats he's only behind sweetness by 1,000 yards or so...thats one farking season. He was drafted what a year or two after Emmit and has been retired for 3 years. Thoes numbers there prove that Sanders is the best back...EVER...yes even better than sweetness, he just got sick of playing on a loosing team thats why he quit. Emmitt is just a middle of the road back who avoided injuries
2002-10-27 08:25:31 PM  
"Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton's career rushing record"

Whatever that means.

Is this some kind of sports thing? Does anyone care? Sports suck.
2002-10-27 08:29:29 PM  
Yep. And Brian Bosworth could have been the best defensive
player ever, if not for the actual circumstances.

A record is a record, yes? I doubt the books will have
an asterisk next to Emmitt's name that says "Yeah, but he
had a great offensive line to run behind" or "Hey, if Barry
Sanders hadn't retired this record would actually be his"...
2002-10-27 08:36:47 PM  
Tuxedo Krillin - I only care about what you care about. Please be my guiding light.
2002-10-27 08:43:13 PM  
at least Sanders had the brains to realize there are things outside of football, and theyre more important than some stupid records. He doesnt need all these records to prove hes the greatest back of all time. Payton 2nd, Emmit a far 5th
2002-10-27 08:43:36 PM  
stats were from I did not include what they had for Emmitt this year, b/c the page I was using was only thru last week.

But so far this year:
131 carries, 556 yards, 2 TD (thru 8 games)

Kerouac, you are right, in Payton's last year played in 12 games.
2002-10-27 08:46:05 PM  
Payton was a class act, but so is Smith (especially compared to the dirtbag bunch of felons he's had for teammates.

I'm just glad it wasn't some prima donna POS like Deion Sanders or Keshawn Johnson.

BTW, anybody who saw the Falcons & Saints today: Mike Vick has a shot at this record, if he has a long career, and he's a QB!

Seriously, this guy is an exciting talent, certainly the most interesting thing to happen for Atlanta football since, well 1965 or so.
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