Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Pro Football Hall of Famer
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  • Vision for Creating a Winning Team

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Why Book Emmitt Smith?

  • He is a pro football hall of fame running back and businessman with an engaging story of success.

  • He is a three-time Super Bowl champion and Dancing With The Stars champion who exemplifies peak performance.

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    A respected entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker, bestselling author and one of the most valuable personal brands in the sports-entertainment field — these are just a few of the ways to describe Emmitt Smith. As President & CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., Smith leads a team of talented individuals who oversee the company’s many ventures — including Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, the marketing and management of the Emmitt Smith brand, and the company’s two core businesses, EJ Smith Construction and E Smith Legacy, a real estate company.

    Smith’s vision for his companies is best summed up in Emmitt Smith Enterprises core purpose statement, “Building Bridges to Open Doors.” That means quite literally whether the company is building bridges via its construction arm — already recognized as one of the leading African-American owned bridge builders in Texas — or opening doors for the less fortunate through its many philanthropic endeavors, Emmitt Smith Enterprises has a passion for making a difference.

    Smith first rose to prominence via an illustrious football career, which included three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and the honor of being the only player to have won a Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP and NFL Rushing Crown in the same season. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010, Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, having amassed 18,355 yards during his 14 seasons.

    Smith’s charm and charisma, which made him one of the sports world’s most popular personalities during his playing career, quickly translated to the entertainment world following his retirement. In 2006, Smith’s cross-over appeal became even more apparent when he, along with dance partner Cheryl Burke, was crowned winner of the hit ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars.”

    As well known for his character and integrity as he is for his athletic ability, Smith continues to give back to the community and support higher education via Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, an organization that annually awards college scholarships and provides enrichment opportunities to underserved youth.

    Smith continues to share his personal and professional stories with organizations across the country. He has been a member of the President's Health and Fitness Council, and has been recognized by numerous organizations for his leadership and public service. He also authored the 2011 book, Game On: Find Your Purpose — Pursue Your Dreams, which chronicles his story from humble beginnings growing up in Pensacola, Fla. to his rise in the business world.

    Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Recreation. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is married and the father of five children.

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    "Emmitt received the biggest reaction from an audience that I have ever seen when we introduced him. He left the audience buzzing. The wow factor was intense. He was a big hit with the men. He was even a bigger hit with the women."
    --Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

    "Everything went really well. Our audience really enjoyed Emmitt. He was gracious and endearing."
    --LPL Financial

    "Emmitt did a great job, for sure. Thank you so much for your help! He was very gracious in mingling and signing autographs on Tuesday evening. He ended up staying at our Sugar Bowl party for well over an hour! He also did a good job speaking on Wednesday—the Q&A part was particularly good."
    --Aviva USA

    "I'm so sorry I haven't gotten back to you! Everything went very well on Sunday night! The client team seemed happy with Emmitt! He was engaging at the reception and gave a great introduction. At the dinner he gave about 10 minutes worth of comments! I think our team was pleased with his appearance."

    "He was excellent, added a lot of value, people thanked me for bringing him. Very easy to deal with."
    --RE Mentor