Emmitt Smith Apologizes for Forgetting Florida Gators in Hall of Fame Speech
Emmit Smith, amidst all the fame and fortune, upset some Florida gators on Saturday. Sometimes its easy to forget where you came from, which is what happened the former Dallas Cowboys running back who forgot to thank the University of Florida Gators in his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday.The former Dallas Cowboys running back began a stirring 21-minute speech by giving thanks to God. He ended it by thanking the crowd of 19,013 for being at Fawcett Stadium to share his moment with him.Smith thanked 40 people by name, and for those he accidentally forgot, Smith covered himself by saying, You know who you are.Sure, the Florida Gators knew, but they wanted to hear Smith actually say it. And they were enraged when he didnt.On Smiths Twitter account Sunday night, he apologized for what he said was an unintentional snub.Florida coach Urban Meyer, a friend of Smiths who was at the induction speech in Canton, Ohio, apparently thought nothing of the perceived UF slight.While he attended UF from 1987-1989, Smith broke the school rushing record by gaining 3,928 yards, but his teams were a combined 20-16.During Saturdays induction, Smith was joined by wide receiver Jerry Rice, Vikings and Seahawks offensive tackle John Randle, former Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau, Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson, Redskins offensive lineman Russ Grimm and Broncos running back Floyd Little.