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Smith thanks many, retires as Cowboy

Updated: February 4, 2005, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Emmitt Smith decided to stop running. There was nothing left to prove, no records left to chase.

Breaking down in tears and grasping his beloved Dallas Cowboys helmet, Smith retired Thursday after a 15-year career in which he became the NFL's career rushing leader and played a key role on three Super Bowl champions.

The decision had been expected for several days, but the finality of it all was still poignant. Flanked by his wife, Pat, and Cowboys owner ...

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