Pro: Cheryl Burke
We always knew Emmitt Smith could do a touchdown dance, but he proved he has so many other moves when it comes time to step into the ballroom.
A respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, bestselling author, and dancing’s “king of effortless cool”, Emmitt first rose to prominence via an illustrious football career, most notably winning three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Emmitt retains 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, Emmitt is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, having amassed 18,355 yards during his 15 seasons. Emmitt’s charm and charisma quickly translated off-the-field to the entertainment world following his retirement.
In 2006, Emmitt, along with dance partner Cheryl Burke, was crowned winner of the hit ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. Now gearing up for the 2012 All-Star season, Emmitt is preparing hit the dance floor with energy and excitement once again.
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. Most recently, Emmitt authored the 2011 book, Game On: Find Your Purpose — Pursue Your Dreams, which chronicles his story from humble beginnings growing up in Pensacola, Florida to his rise in the business world.
Emmitt is currently President & CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., which includes 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. Emmitt 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 happily married and the proud father of five children.
Emmitt Smith Bio/Media Page - ABC.com