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Rushing leader plans to go out a Cowboy

Updated: February 3, 2005, 1:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Running back Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, will retire this offseason, sources told ESPN.

Several Smith confidants said that, barring a last-minute change of plans, Smith will announce his retirement on Thursday in Jacksonville, site of Super Bowl XXXIX.

Smith would like to retire as a Cowboy, sources said, and Dallas owner Jerry reportedly will attend Thursday's ceremony.

Reached by the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday in Jacksonville, ...

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