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Emmitt Smith Relentless Rusher
     

Emmitt Smith Relentless Rusher

by Stew Thornley
 
When Emmitt Smith joined the NFL in 1990, his detractors said he couldn't be a superstar running back. He was too small and too slow, they said. He was also joining a team that had played two awful seasons in a row. What the critics did not factor was his determination. While he's neither big nor especially speedy, Emmitt Smith showed that he could move the ball. With

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When Emmitt Smith joined the NFL in 1990, his detractors said he couldn't be a superstar running back. He was too small and too slow, they said. He was also joining a team that had played two awful seasons in a row. What the critics did not factor was his determination. While he's neither big nor especially speedy, Emmitt Smith showed that he could move the ball. With Emmitt lining up in the backfield, the Dallas Cowboys turned things around and went on to win three Super Bowls in four years. Sports author Stew Thornley (Deion Sanders C. 1993) tells the story of Emmitt's Success.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6A straightforward, fact-filled biography that provides descriptions of some of the biggest games in the Dallas Cowboy's star running back's high school, college, and pro football careers. Thornley points out that Smith's tremendous success has come in spite of those who have said that he's too small and too slow. Full-color and black-and-white photographs appear throughout the text. Smith's college and pro stats through the 1995 season are appended. There are a number of books available on the subject, all of which follow a similar pattern: early years, college, sports, charity work. The only advantage this has over others, such as Bill Gutman's Emmitt Smith (Millbrook, 1995), is that it covers Smith's career through the 1995 season. Otherwise, it's pretty much interchangeable with the earlier titles.Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822528975
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Sports Achievers Biographies Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.77(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Sports historian Stew Thornley has written more than forty books. His first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, was a finalist in the 1988 Minnesota Book Awards and earned him a national research award sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and Macmillan Publishing Company. Thornley is an official scorer for Minnesota Twins home games for Major League Baseball and for the National Basketball Association for Minnesota Timberwolves games.

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