Emmitt Smith had one of the most prolific careers in NFL history.
Over the course of his career, Smith set the league’s records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
While it was a lengthy career that Smith to claim these records, it didn’t take him long at all to establish himself as one of the league’s best backs.
in his 2nd year in the league, he led the league with 1563 yards and added 12 touchdowns. In year 3, he lead the league in both categories with 1713 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, he still wasn’t being paid like one of the NFL’s best backs. That led to a contract dispute between Smith and the Cowboys ahead of the 1993 season. Smith even ended up missing the first couple of games of the season.
Now Smith has revealed that he actually tried to team up with another NFL legend during his dispute with the Cowboys.
During an appearance on The Pivot, Smith revealed that he actually tried to head to the Miami Dolphins to team up with Dan Marino during that dispute.
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I picked up the phone and called Don Shula myself and told him I wanted to come to Miami and play for Miami. I knew Dan Marino didn’t have a running game.
Despite Smith’s efforts, Don Shula decided not to offer a trade for him because he was concerned about how it would impact team chemistry.
I want to help you and help Dan get a championship. I said, ‘Bring me back to the state of Florida.’ He said, ‘If I do make this offer and you don’t come, all my other players will see what I put on the table for you and it’s going to mess up my chemistry
Smith never got the chance to help Marino win a ring and he ended up retiring without one. meanwhile, Smith and the Cowboys were able to win 3 over the course of his career.
Even though the move never happened, it’s fun to wonder what might have happened if these two greats of the game had gotten the chance to play together.