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Smith proved the critics wrong

Emmitt Smith still has more left in the tank, but this was the right time for him to retire.

Originally Published: February 1, 2005
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The timing of Emmitt Smith's impending retirement couldn't be any better.

While the Patriots are on the eve of becoming the first team of the decade in the new millennium, Smith reminded the football world of the team of the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys. He will retire during the week Michael Irvin is up for his first vote for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Troy Aikman, a potential first ballot Hall of Famer himself, is announcing Super Bowl XXXIX.

Smith. Irvin. Aikman. ...

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