Emmitt Smith told Sports Illustrated that breaking the NFL career rushing record was his only highlight of the 2002 season.
Smith said " I felt like a diamond surronded by trash." to Sports Illustrated according to the report. Last season Smith finished under 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season in 1990. "It was just a mental grind," Smith told the Sports Illustrated. "When I got the record, it was like God said, I'm going to give you one this year.