CANTON, Ohio – Emmitt Smith wasn’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic running back to carry a football in the National Football League. All those are tangible gifts.
Jim Brown was blessed with size, Tony Dorsett with speed and Barry Sanders with athleticism. Such physical prowess earned them busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You could see their greatness in their gifts.
But Smith has a bust on display in the Hall of Fame today because of what you couldn’t see. He possessed an intangible gift – an indomitable will to succeed.