clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Emmitt Smith vs. Too Tall Jones

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features top seed Emmitt Smith facing off against eight seed Ed "Too Tall" Jones. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

With round one in the books, we return to the Bert Bell Regional, and the first of our second-round match-ups: top seed Emmitt Smith, the legs of the great 90s Cowboys, and eighth-seeded Ed "To Tall" Jones, a key part of the most productive defensive line in team history. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen? Read the bios and comments and hit the poll, BTBers!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Emmitt Smith

Position: running back

Seed: 1

How he got here: defeated Larry Cole 1108-46

Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Emmitt James Smith III 1990-2002 170 8 4 yes yes

Bio: Smith was selected in the first round of the 1990 draft, and, after a 937 yard rookie season, took over the league. In 1991, he led the NFL in carries and yards, the first of five consecutive seasons in which he rushed for more than 1,400 yards (making Smith the first back in league history to accomplish the feat). In 1993, he led the league in rushing for the third consecutive season, and became the the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL MVP award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl MVP award all in the same season. Smith led the league in rushing and won the Super Bowl in the same year three times (1992, 1993, and 1995).

Smith's career reads as a long list of awards and "best of"s. Obviously, he is the NFL's all-time rushing leader. He is the first player in NFL history with 11 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and the first to post eleven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career. Smith is the only player to post three seasons with nineteen or more touchdowns. In 1995, he set the record for most games in a season with a touchdown and most games in a season with a rushing touchdown. He leads all running backs with 164 career rushing touchdowns, and his 175 total touchdowns ranks him second only to Jerry Rice's 208.

The total of his rushing and receiving yards gives him a total of 21,564 yards from the line of scrimmage, making him one of only four players in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000-combined yards mark. He is one of only four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons, doing so from 1991-93. He is also one of only two non-kickers in NFL history to score more than 1,000 career points (the other being Jerry Rice). Smith also accumulated numerous NFL postseason records, including rushing touchdowns (19), consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (9), and 100-yard rushing games (7). His 1,586 postseason rushing yards is a record, as is his playoff touchdown mark of twenty-one. Smith was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2005 and into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Member comments:

Member Comment

remember this:

B Rian Emmitt Smith — Greatest Rusher of All Time. Hard to beat that.


Player: "Too Tall" Jones

Position: defensive end

Seed: 8

How he got here: defeated Erik Williams 799-412


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Edward Lee Jones
1974-89 129

Bio: Jones was the first player selected in the 1974 draft, becoming a starter at left defensive end during his second season and, two years later, was part of a defensive line that dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Jones was extremely durable; in his long career, he never missed a game. After playing five years for the Cowboys left football while in his prime to attempt a professional boxing career. Jones returned to football in 1980, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors three times from 1981 to 1983.

The NFL didn't start recognizing quarterback sacks as an official stat until 1982, but the Cowboys team statistics credit him with a total of 106 quarterback sacks, which is the fourth most in team history. He is the fifth leading tackler in franchise history with 1,032. Jones had played in 16 playoff games and three Super Bowls, was part of three NFC championship teams, and helped the Cowboys win a Lombardi (Super Bowl XII). When he retired at the end of 1989 season, Jones had played more games than any player in Cowboys history (232), and is tied with Mark Tuinei and Bill Bates for most seasons played, with fifteen.

Member comments:

Member Comment

Too Tall slung everybody around like a rag doll. If not for the Cowboys of the 70s being completely ignored, he’d be in the HOF today.


Ed Too Tall Jones was one of the pillars that helped create the Doomsday II DLine

15 years in the league and was extremely productive throughout his career.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the sweet sixteen?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Blogging The Boys Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your Dallas Cowboys news from Blogging The Boys