NFL news of November 21, 2002

Sounds like Dallas running back Troy Hambrick is getting more than a little impatient waiting for NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith to get out of his way.

Hambrick, Smith’s backup, suggested indirectly in a radio interview last weekend that Smith should retire. Hambrick compared Smith to Michael Jordan, whom he described as “tarnishing his name and can’t even make an easy dunk.”

He later defined tarnishing as “a guy who has excelled . . . but just don’t know when to call it quits.”

Not coincidentally, Cowboys coach Dave Campo called Hambrick in for a private session Monday morning and apparently advised him that he is being evaluated for what he does off the field as well as on it. In other words, it might be a good idea for him to keep his comments to himself.

— Curt Sylvester, Detroit Free Press “Former Central rivals maintain intensity despite breakup”

After the 2002 season, Smith left the Cowboys for the Arizona Cardinals and Hambrick was given the Cowboys’ starting job. He was waived after the 2003 season and wound up signing with the Cardinals for the 2004 season—once again serving as a backup to Emmitt Smith. Smith retired after the 2004 season, while Hambrick was out of the league by the beginning of the 2005 season.

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