Note: due to the Dez Bryant contract signing stepping to the forefront, we have pushed back today's MM post. The poll will stay open 24 hours, closing on Thursday at 8:00 PM.
With two rounds in the books, we celebrate the beginning of the regional semifinals with a return to the Bert Bell regional, and a match-up between top-seeded Emmitt Smith, the legs and heart of the great 90s Cowboys (oh, and the leading rusher in NFL history) and fourth-seeded Tex Schramm, frequently hailed (and properly so) as the architect of, well, the greatest sports franchise the world has ever known. Who will prevail? Only you can make that determination; read the bios and comments and hit the poll, BTBers!
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Player: Emmitt Smith
Position: running back
How he got here: defeated Larry Cole, 1108-46; defeated Too Tall Jones, 861-140
|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, as well as the record (since broken) for touchdowns in a season. 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 the aforementioned 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 was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, in 2010.
|krl97a||Emmitt's a top 5 Cowboy player.|
I subscribe to a simple formula....
GOAT is the guy with all the records……
Jerry Rice GOAT WR
Player: Tex Schramm
Position: President-General Manager
How he got here: defeated Jim Jeffcoat 741-92; defeated Drew Pearson 360-278
|Name||Years||Career AV||Pro Bowls||All-Pro||RoH||HoF|
|Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr.
Bio: Schramm was appointed to the post of Cowboys' president-general manager before the team ever took the field, and quickly made his mark; two of his early hires were head coach Tom Landry and chief scout Gil Brandt. The Cowboys teams these three men oversaw enjoyed 20 straight winning seasons, from 1966-1985, and won the most games of any NFL team during the 1970s, appearing in five Super Bowls that decade, winning two. Under Schramm, the Cowboys became the marquee NFL franchise.
Schramm was a visionary who brought numerous innovations to the NFL, including the use of instant replay, computer technology in scouting, multi-color striping to mark the 20- and 50-yard lines, the 30-second clock between plays, extra-wide sideline borders, wind-direction stripes on the goal post uprights, the referee's microphone - and the cherry on the sundae: the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. And, finally, he was a driving force behind the AFL-NFL merger and the first Super Bowl.
While leading the league's Competition Committee, he oversaw rule changes such as using overtime in the regular season, putting the official time on the scoreboard, moving goalposts from the front of the end zone to the back, and protecting quarterbacks through the in-the-grasp rule. Schramm's desire for a more comprehensive scouting combine led to the annual offseason NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in 2003 and into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
|NCHeelsBoysFan||Tex helped build the legend of the Dallas Cowboys in a big way! Tex.|
Schramm created the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. For that alone he deserved to advance to this round.
And for all his other contributions, including having the Cowboys wear white jerseys at home so they can wear their primary uniforms more often than other teams, setting them apart and becoming recognizable across the country like Yankee pinstripes, and having the vision to secure a permanent Thanksgiving slot when no other teams wanted to do it, he deserves to advance again.
A 30 year GM, created the DCC,
20 straight winning seasons, and created uniforms that looked amazing on color TV. The only knocks are that he wanted to fire Landry, but didn’t have the stones to, and he championed the "In The Grasp" rule, which sucked.
Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the Elite Eight?