Emmitt Smith Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akshita Rana
Sep 01, 2023 By Akshita Rana
Originally Published on Apr 21, 2022
Edited by Lara Simpson
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Emmitt Smith is a legendary football rusher, a real estate developer, and a philanthropist.
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About Emmitt Smith

Few athletes in the United States have had the success and notoriety of Emmitt Smith.
The former NFL running back is one of the most decorated players in league history. The three-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer has enjoyed a successful career in business after he retired from professional football.
In this article, we will take a look at Emmitt Smith's life both on and off the field, and we will explore some of the things he has done since hanging up his cleats.

Emmitt Smith Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Emmitt Smith's net worth?

Emmitt Smith's net worth is estimated to be $25 million. Smith has made his fortune through a combination of football contracts, endorsements, and business ventures. After retiring from the NFL, Emmitt Smith founded ESmith Legacy, a real estate development company. He also has a minority ownership stake in the Arizona Cardinals.

How much does Emmitt Smith earn per year?

Emmitt Smith had a whopping sum of $61 million during his football career. After retirement, this amount must have increased thanks to his real estate investments and several brand endorsements.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Emmitt Smith?

Emmitt Smith is blessed with a tall height of 5 ft 9 in (175.2 cm).

How old is Emmitt Smith?

As of 2021, Emmitt Smith is 52 years old. He was born in Pensacola, Florida, and would turn 53 on May 15, 2022.

Childhood And Education

On May 15, 1969, Emmitt Smith was born in Pensacola, Florida, as Emmitt James Smith III. He was named after his father, Emmitt Smith Sr., a United States Marine Corps drill instructor. Emmitt Smith's father was a strict disciplinarian who instilled a strong work ethic in his sons. Emmitt Smith Jr. started working as a kid, mowing lawns and cleaning cars. He also developed a fondness for football, and he would frequently play games in the street with his brothers.
From 1983 to 1986, Emmitt Smith attended Escambia High School. After completing his high school education, he studied at Emory University in Atlanta for two years before moving to the University of Florida. He attended college from 1987 to 1989. However, for some reason, Smith lеft thе соllеgе in thе mddlе. In thе уеаr 1996, hе rеJоnеd the university аnd received a bachelor's degree in public recreation.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Emmitt Smith's partner?

Emmitt Smith is currently married to Patricia Southall, a former Miss Virginia. The couple first met at a music festival in Aruba. They began dating in a short period and tied the knot on April 22, 2000. After 20 years of marriage, the famous couple announced their separation on their social media handles in 2020.
With Patricia Southall, Emmitt Smith has three children: Emmitt Smith IV (born in 2002), Skylar Elizabeth Paige Smith (born in 2003), and Elijah Alexander James Smith (born in 2010). Patricia's daughter Jasmine Page is Emmitt Smith's stepdaughter from her prior marriage to Martin Lawrence.

Who was Emmitt Smith previously in a relationship with?

Emmitt Smith was previously in a relationship with Hоре Wіlѕоn, with whom he has a daughter named Rheagen Smith.

Who is Emmitt Smith's family?

Emmitt Smith, the son of Mary Clements and Emmitt James Smith II, was born on May 15, 1969. Emory, Emil, Marsha, Erik, and Connie are his five siblings. Emory Smith, his brother, is also a professional football player.

Career And Professional Highlights

Through hard work, passion, and determination, Emmitt Smith fulfilled his childhood dream of joining his favorite football team: the Dallas Cowboys. Besides being a footballer, Smith has managed to earn several feathers in his cap. He has appeared in some TV shows, authored a few books, and founded a real estate agency.

Best Known For…

Emmitt Smith is best known for his mind-blowing achievements throughout his career as a professional footballer from the '90s until his retirement in 2004. It won't be incorrect to say that Smith was gifted with exceptional football schools as a child. Even during his time on the college football team, he established himself as one of the team's most dynamic athletes.
After leaving the University of Florida, he decided to join his favorite team: the Dallas Cowboys in the '90s, and from here, his professional football career began. In 1992, he won his first victory in the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. In the first five seasons, he made a name for himself as the leading rusher in the Dallas Cowboys.
In 1995, Emmitt Smith was a key contributor to his team's Super Bowl victory for the third time. He established the record for most games played in a season with 25 rushing touchdowns in this game. He had season after season of success and was chosen to play in Pro Bowls eight times. Smith even broke Walter Payton's all-time career rushing yardage record in 2002.
Emmitt Smith concluded his career in the National Football League with 18,355 yards rushing, 164 touchdowns, and 4409 carries, which are NFL records. After 2002, he played with the Arizona Cardinals, where he remained until his retirement in 2004. Following his retirement, he entered into real estate and founded ESmith Legacy.

Charity Work

Emmitt Smith and his wife, Patricia Southall, established the Pat & Emmett Smith Charities in 2002, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

What awards has Emmitt Smith won?

Emmitt Smith has many accolades to his name as a legendary football player. Some of his many achievements are:
He received the 'SEC Most Valuable Player' title in 1989.
From 1990 to 1999, he was an eight-time Pro Bowler.
In the '90s, he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 1991-1993, and 1995, Smith earned four NFL rushing titles.
In 1992-1993, and 1995, he earned three Super Bowl victories.
In 1993, he received the Bert Bell Award.
The Dallas Cowboys have inducted him into their Ring of Honor.
The University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Smith.
He was inducted into the Super Bowl Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Emmitt Smith's Hobbies And Interests

Besides football, Emmitt Smith is passionate about dancing and poker.

Other Interesting Emmitt Smith Facts And Trivia

  • Emmitt Smith and professional dancer Cheryl Burke won the third season of 'Dancing With The Stars' in 2006.
  • In 2011, Emmitt Smith reached the semi-final of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
  • Emmitt Smith's lucky number is 22. It is also his jersey number, which is preserved in the Hall of Fame.
  • Emmitt Smith added a second 't' in his name when sportswriters inserted the 't' without asking for the proper spelling.
  • Emmitt Smith Day, founded by the Cowboys, is observed every year on April 23 in his hometown of Pensacola.
  • Emmitt Smith's family members nicknamed him 'Scoey' after his mother's favorite comedian Scoey Mitchell.
  • Emmitt Smith has penned two books named 'Game On: Find Your Purpose-Pursue Your Dream' and 'The Emmitt Zone.'
  • Apart from creating records in his professional football career, Emmitt Smith also made football records in his school, like 100 yards in his first game. Many of his high school football records are yet to be broken.
  • After retirement, Emmitt Smith also appeared in several TV shows like the famous American series 'How I Met Your Mother' in 2007.
  • Emmitt Smith was one of the judges in the 2006 Miss Universe pageant.
  • When Emmitt Smith was on his college football team, he did not receive the acknowledgment he deserved as many colleges considered him to be too slow. On the other hand, Emmitt Smith defied expectations by breaking the single-game rushing record of the University of Florida with 109 yards on ten runs.
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Emmitt Smith Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Pensacola, Florida



175 cm

Eye Color

Dark brown

Child Star?





University of Florida

Net Worth



Patricia Southall


Mary Clements Smith, Emmitt James Smith II


Emory, Emil, Marsha, Erik, Connie Smith

Annual Earnings

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Written by Akshita Rana

Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science specializing in Management

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Akshita RanaBachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science specializing in Management

With a Master's in Management from the University of Manchester and a degree in Business Management from St. Xavier's, Jaipur, India, Akshita has worked as a content writer in the education sector. She previously collaborated with a school and an education company to improve their content, showcasing her skills in writing and education. Akshita is multilingual and enjoys photography, poetry, and art in her free time, which allows her to bring a creative touch to her work as a writer at Kidadl.

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