NFL News of July 22, 2003

Troy Hambrick‘s life began changing on a muggy Florida morning a few months ago.

…Change does not guarantee success. It simply puts Hambrick in position to make the most of his opportunity.

He enters training camp as the starter—the man trying to replace Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Smith, released in the off-season, is now with Arizona.

…Hambrick spent much of last season griping publicly and privately about playing behind Smith.

He is not proud of his behavior.

…”Emmitt told me that one day some young guy is going to show up and try to take my job,” Hambrick said. “He told me not to turn my back on him when it happens.”

— Jean-Jacques Taylor, The Dallas Morning News “Hambrick gets ready to prove he can replace Smith”

Hambrick started all 16 games of the 2003 season for the Cowboys, rushing 275 times for 972 yards and 5 TDs. He was released before the 2004 season and signed with the Raiders. Oakland traded him to the Arizona Cardinals, where Hambrick once again found himself as a backup for Emmitt Smith. It proved to be his final season in the NFL; he was released by the Cardinals before the 2005 season.

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