Former Dallas Cowboy and Arizona Cardinal Emmitt Smith wrapped up his Hall of Fame career with a total of 18,355 rushing yards, besting Chicago Bears great Walter Payton’s previous record of 16,726.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew currently sits at 8,956 for his career. That gap of over 11,000 yards hasn’t stopped MJD from retaining thoughts of one day reaching and breaking that record.
Jones-Drew was asked Tuesday if he believed he could catch Emmitt Smith for the NFL’s all-time rushing record.
“Yeah, I think it’s doable,” Jones-Drew told ESPN Radio in Denver (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). “I definitely think it’s doable.”
After that, Jones-Drew set about explaining why he’d probably need a great deal of help to achieve the feat.
“Once again, Emmitt Smith was in a different situation than a lot of us, though,” he said. “I mean, he had a Hall of Fame receiver, Hall of Fame quarterback, Hall of Fame offensive line, Hall of Fame fullback. Whoever put that team together did a heck of a job, and it just showed.”
MJD doesn’t have the Hall of Famers around him to even sniff Emmitt’s total. Emmitt can sleep well at night knowing MJD poses no threat to his career rushing title.