Emmitt Smith: "I cried for 40 minutes.''

Emmitt Smith photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys
Emmitt Smith photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys

(Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys)

Talk of Fame Network

Emmitt Smith recalls this week in an exclusive interview on Talk of Fame Network his emotional return to Cowboys Stadium wearing the colors of the Arizona Cardinals and how moved he was by the experience. So moved he knew it was time to move on from pro football.

"I cried for 40 minutes in the visitor's locker room,'' Smith said. "It was time for me to leave.''

Smith also talks about how his motivation to become the most productive running back in NFL history began when he was the 17th player taken in the 1990 draft, 15 slots behind Penn State's Blair Thomas.

"The chip (on my shoulder) was pretty sizeable,'' Smith tells TOF listeners. "I felt I had to prove myself again and again and again. That kept me humble.''

In addition to Smith, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Fouts makes a spirited case for the election of his former coach, Don Coryell, who next week is a Hall-of-Fame finalist for the second time. Fouts also traces the development of today's spread formations and all-out passing games to the "Air Coryell" offense of the 1980 Chargers.

One of our Hall-of-Fame guys, Rick Gosselin, argues the Hall-of-Fame case for former Buffalo Bills' center Kent Hull, our Dr. Data explains why NFL owners are finally hiring the right head coaches - defensive ones - and Ron Borges explains why he feels "Deflategate" isn't bogus ... but taking the air out of the ball is.

The weekly two-minute drill answers 20 pressing question about the NFL and Rick, Ron and Clark play a wacky awards game that puts this year's playoffs in a new light. That and more on Talk of Fame Network this weekend.