Emmitt Smith: Life After Football

When Hall-of-Fame Running Back, Emmitt Smith retired early in 2005, he already planned out the second half of his life.

He knew that among people who weren’t fans, or football buddies of his — especially outside of the markets where they play — were often more shielded from public recognition than other athletes.

“Unlike basketball and other sports where you’re able to see the faces clearer,” Smith said. “That’s the challenge that most football players have to overcome.” And Smith didn’t intend for his public life to end after football.

“I went and studied and — learned about the real estate development business,” he said. He is now the “Smith” in a joint venture called Smith-Cypress Partners, which includes former Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach.