Who Is Emmitt Smith? Biography, Mariage And Religion

Emmit Smith, biography, Christian faith, and more

Emmitt Smith by Eric Cash (flickr)

Who is Emmitt Smith?

Emmitt Smith is an American former football running back who is known to have played in the National Football League (NFL) with Dallas Cowboys for 15 seasons. He is well known as the league’s best all-time rusher.


Emmit Smith was born on May 15, 1969, in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. His father James Smith Jr. and his mother Mary J. Smith saw him grow with great enthusiasm for football.

At age eight, Emmitt played his first organized football. He also got involved actively playing at the High School level at Escambia in Pensacola. He was a good player with the Escambia Gators in his high school days.

In the history of American high school football, Emmitt became the second-leading rusher.

With an incredible performance in football since childhood, he is now an NFL record holder of rushing yards with 18,355 since 27th October 2002. In 2010, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Is Emmit Smith Alive?

Yes, Emmitt is still alive at age 54 as of late 2023.

Is Emmitt Smith Married?

Emmit Smith married a beautiful woman called Patricia Southall —former Miss Virginia USA on April 22, 2000. This came after his early relationship with Hope Wilson hit the rock with one daughter. In all, Smith is having four children (3 with his current with Pat)

Emmitt Smith with wife Pat
Pat and Emmitt Smith. 2016 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kickoff. Photo: Gittings

In 2002, Smith and his wife Pat, founded the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities to specifically help children grow their potential.

Is Emmitt Smith Religious?

Smith is a Christian with great religious beliefs. He has faith in God and has been vocal about this by granting interviews to tell what the Lord has done in his entire life.

He understands the importance of connecting with a higher source of power being his Creator.

Emmitt once said :

“I was actually looking for answers where I kept asking myself – what am I doing,” “If you’re not settled spiritually, things can be a little bit more chaotic than normal.”

He loves to recite Bible passages especially the one taught by his grandmother several years ago. He always remembers that in life:

“Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.”

This Bible verse can be found in Proverbs 3:5.

Emmitt Smith is actively serving the Lord and worships at the Potter’s House Church in Dallas.

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