Emmitt Smith Biography

December 6, 2019
First published on:December 6, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Emmitt Smith

Birth Name Emmitt James Smith III
Birth Place Pensacola, Florida
Famous Name Emmitt Smith
Father Emmitt James Smith, Jr.
Mother Mary J. Smith
Net Worth $20 Million
Career Earnings $61,275,000
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Currently Married Yes
Married to Patricia Southall (m. 2000)
Children 4

Emmitt James Smith III, well recognized as Emmitt Smith, is a retired American football running back who played thirteen years long for Dallas Cowboys (1990–2002) and two seasons with Arizona Cardinals (2003–2004). He was drafted with 17th pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. 

Born on May 15, 1969, Emmitt Smith is recognized as the second-leading rusher in American high school football history, playing for Escambia High School. Following impressive high school records, he played for the Florida Gators football team. At the NFL's 100th anniversary, Emmitt Smith was named a top running back of all-time.

Pensacola, Florida native, he holds an American nationality and is of Afro-American ethnic background. His parents are Mary J. Smith and Emmitt James Smith, Jr.

Net Worth

One of the prominent personas from NFL, Emmitt Smith is indeed a wealthy man who has a jaw-dropping net worth of $20 million

Fifteen seasons long in the NFL has earned Smith lucrative money. His salary details are given below:

Year Team Earnings
1990 Dallas Cowboys $1,330,000
1991 Dallas Cowboys $380,000
1992 Dallas Cowboys $465,000
1993 Dallas Cowboys $7,000,000
1994 Dallas Cowboys $2,200,000
1995 Dallas Cowboys $2,400,000
1996 Dallas Cowboys $11,500,000
1997 Dallas Cowboys $1,500,000
1998 Dallas Cowboys $3,000,000
1999 Dallas Cowboys $5,150,000
2000 Dallas Cowboys $5,850,000
2001 Dallas Cowboys $6,000,000
2002 Dallas Cowboys $7,000,000
2003 Arizona Cardinals $5,000,000
2004 Arizona Cardinals $2,500,000
Total   $61,275,000

After retirement as a player, he pursued a career in sports journalism, serving as a sports analyst at NFL network (2005–2006) and ESPN (2007) alongside Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, and Tom Jackson, which has helped him to add a decent sum to his bank account. 

Besides, his other income-generating source is his TV and movie appearances. He was a judge at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant, won the third season of Dancing with the Stars, guest on How I Met Your Mother, appeared on an episode of Deal or No Deal, and many more. 


Also, a real estate developer, Smith, with fellow retired NFL player; Roger Staubach founded a real estate development enterprise, "Smith/Cypress Partners LP", where he owns 51 percent. The firm specializes in transforming underutilized parcels in densely populated areas into commercially viable properties anchored by national retail giants.

Smith's first deal was with Mervyn's, a California-based department store chain, to anchor a $45 million, 230,000-square-foot (21,000 m2) project in Phoenix. 

Not only this, but he also co-founded ESmith Legacy, a Baltimore-based company that specializes in commercial real estate development and investment management.

Additionally, he became a co-owner alongside founder and president Ben Davis of The Gents Place in 2016. The firm is an ultra-premium men's grooming and lifestyle club in Frisco, Texas. 

Real Estate Portfolio

He owns a lavish Addison mansion in Dallas worth $2.5 million, which was built in 1995 and came back periodically to work on it 10,806 square feet. 

CAPTION: Emmitt Smith lives here (Dallas, Texas (TX), US) SOURCE: Virtual Globetrotting

The massive mansion features a pool, an attached spa, a wine cooler, an intercom system, a four-car garage, covered carport, a wet bar, a deck, a garden, with a balcony. 

As reported, this is the only house the Smiths have ever owned in Dallas.

Big fan of automobiles that are tricked out

Aged 20,  Smith purchased his first car, Mercedes Benz, worth $100,000. As per 2008 reports, the NFL veteran owns three four-wheelers. He has a Hummer H2 for himself, a 2005 Mercedes-Benz 600 V12, for both him and his wife and a 2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV as the family vehicle.

Cowboys-ex Emmitt Smith's car collections SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

Moreover, he sold his 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago, which he regards the coolest car he has ever driven.

Personal Life

Smith is married to former Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall. The couple met when they ran into each other, a music festival in Aruba. Soon they started dating long-distance. The couple tied the knot on April 22, 2000, in a lavish ceremony. 

Smith wed Patricia Southall SOURCE: Pinterest

The power couple has a reality show on the OWN network called “Mr. and Mrs. Smith" as well as Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.

On May 15, 2002, Smith and his spouse had their first child, Emmitt IV.  While their second child, Skylar, and third, Elijah was born on October 15, 2003, and September 22, 2010, respectively.

The Smith Family SOURCE: BCK Online

Besides, Smith shared a daughter, Rheagen Smith, (born on November 2, 1998), with his ex-girlfriend Hope Wilson.

Similarly, Patricia Southall has her past. Previously, she was married to actor-comedian Martin Lawrence from 1995-97. The two has a daughter, Jasmin Page, born on January 15, 1996.

NFL Transactions

In the 1990 NFL Draft, Smith was picked by the Dallas Cowboys. He played thirteen seasons with the team. On February 26, 2003, he was released by the Cowboys. 

On March 26, 2003, Smith signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. On February 3, 2005, he announced his retirement from the NFL.

As the Cardinals did not re-sign him, Smith signed a one-day contract for one dollar with the Dallas Cowboys, and he immediately retired with the team. 

Career Highlights

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXVIII)
  • 8× Pro Bowl won in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, & 1999
  • 4× First-team All-Pro won in 1992, 1993, 1994, & 1995
  • Second-team All-Pro won in 1991 and 1996
  • 1993 NFL Most Valuable Player 
  • 1993 Bert Bell Award
  • 19990 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 
  • 4× NFL rushing yards leader (1991–1993, 1995)
  • 4× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1991–1993, 1995)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • 1989 Heisman Trophy finalist 
  • 1989 SEC Most Valuable Player 
  • 1989 Unanimous All-American 
  • 3× First-team All-SEC (1987–1989)
  • NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team

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