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Emmitt Smith retires from NFL

Feb. 3, 2005 at 5:34 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, announced his retirement Thursday.

"I think it's only fitting for me to leave the game, to move on with my life and to retire as a Dallas Cowboy," Smith said at a news conference at Jacksonville, Fla., the site of Sunday's Super Bowl.

Smith signed a ceremonial contract with Dallas, allowing him to retire as a Cowboy.

The 35-year-old star played 13 years for Dallas and the past two for Arizona.

During his 15-year career, Smith, 35, was a three-time Super Bowl winner with Dallas and an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

His career totals include 18,355 rushing yards and 164 rushing touchdowns. He broke Walter Payton's all-time rushing record in 2002, and was named MVP of the league and the Super Bowl in 1993.

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