SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys travel to Arizona next weekend to play Emmitt Smith and the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL's career rushing leader might have some explaining to do with his former teammates.
Smith is quoted in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated as saying that last season, his 13th and final one in Dallas, "was the worst year I even went through playing football."
"Too much damn drama. Too much selfishness by too many guys on the team. Too much media frenzy around the team," Smith said. "People always looking to me for answers, and I didn't have the answers for them about why we were so bad. It felt like being a diamond surrounded by trash."
The reaction to Smith's comment varied Friday. Nobody lashed back at him, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went so far as to say that Smith has meant so much to the organization that he "never needs to say, 'I'm sorry.'"
Very, very surprised by this.
I'm no Cowboys fan, but Emmitt Smith has been nothing but class his entire career.