Maegan Kasteler | Dec 19, 2019

3 Interesting Facts about NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith

An NFL Hall of Famer is coming to RootsTech 2020. You heard that right! We are so excited to welcome Emmitt Smith to the RootsTech stage.

Smith is the NFL all-time rushing leader and played in the league for 15 seasons before retiring. During that time, he won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, and in one of those years he won NFL Most Valuable Player, the NFL Rushing Crown, and Super Bowl MVP. Here are three more interesting facts about Emmitt Smith:

Current Career

After retiring from the NFL, Smith teamed up with another former Cowboy to form Smith/Cypress Partners LP, starting his path in real estate development. The group specializes in transforming underutilized land in densely populated areas.

Smith founded Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities with his wife to provide unique experiences and educational opportunities to underserved youth. He also published a book titled Game On.


After spending 15 years in the NFL and being watched on television screens across the globe, Smith spent time on multiple programs on the NFL Network as an analyst and in 2007 joined ESPN.

Smith further made a splash in the television world when he won season three of the hit series Dancing with the Stars. In that same year, he also helped judge the Miss Universe pageant. Smith has also been seen as a guest on How I Met Your Mother and Deal or No Deal, and he returned to the Dancing with the Stars stage for the “all-stars” competition for season 15.

Disney Dreamers

Recently, in 2018, Smith spoke at the Disney Dreamers Academy. This four-day event brings together teenagers from across the United States to hear inspiring stories of success and beating the odds. Academy participants are taught skills like interviewing, networking, and dressing for success to help give them an edge in the workplace.

On the Disney Dreamers Academy website, under “Why Attend?” it says, “Get energized by mentors . . . who blazed their own trails to success.” Smith inspired the group of youth along with the theme “Be 100” and was quoted by one blogger as saying, “Your best lessons are the ones you give back with because that tells how much you’ve actually learned.”

We cannot wait to hear from Emmitt Smith at the 10th anniversary of RootsTech on February 26–29, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Haven’t registered yet? Register today! And don’t forget to follow us on social media for other speaker announcements. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Maegan Kasteler

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