Former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith was a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 13 seasons, Smith rushed for an NFL record 18,355 yards and won three Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith is 46 now and his son E.J. is playing football. Unlike when Smith was active, there is a lot more known about the long-term effects of playing the sport, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Smith talked with reporters at a Salvation Army event in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday when he was asked about watching E.J. play football.
Smith admitted he had insight into the game that other parents might not have.
“I know how physical the sport is and I know what’s required,” Smith said.
Smith also acknowledged that he gets nervous watching E.J. play football, just as any parent would. But he won’t stop his son from taking part.
“Why would I steal his passion from him? His goals are his goals and my job is to help him reach it and protect him when he needs protection,” Smith said. “To take another kids’ passion from him is just not right.”
Here is the video of Smith talking about his son from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: