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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

EMMITT SMITH: DIS-CARD-ED
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Why, Emmitt? Why did you decide to sign with the perrenially God-awful Arizona Cardinals? Is it really so important for you to keep on playing, that you'll play for one of the weakest teams in the league, that will still reek even with you on the roster? What's the point?

It is hard for a player to hang 'em up, especially after the kind of career Emmitt Smith has had. I know he didn't get any other offers as a starter, so it was this or nothing. And he is going to get paid, at least for one year.

But really, this is just an unfortunate wrap-up to a Hall-of-Fame career. And please, don't say this is "how it is in today's NFL". This is nothing new: Great players have been put out to pasture for as long as the league's been around. Johnny Unitas with the Chargers, O.J. Simpson with the 49ers, Joe Namath with the Rams--all utterly forgettable, sad denouements to otherwise fantastic careers. This falls squarely into that category.