Posted on: August 8, 2010 7:52 pm

Emmitt apologizes for forgetting UF in speech

Posted by Will Brinson

Emmitt Smith gave a profoundly impressive speech when he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

One little problem: he forgot to mention the University of Florida in his speech. Conspiracy theories started cropping up as to why the Gator would have insulted his alma mater by not mentioning them in his lengthy address to football fans everywhere.

Smith, to his credit, attempted to clear up the issue on Twitter Sunday evening.
I sincerely sincerely apologize for not mentioning u last night in my hof speech Gator Nation

I jus got caught up in everything plz charge it to my mind not my heart!!

once a GATOR always a GATOR I loved everything the U of florida gave me
Emmitt's willingness to apologize makes it seem a lot less awkward that he forgot to mention his college.

There was a lot of talk, though, about Smith memorizing his speech. And if that's the case, and he did so properly, it's kind of hard to accidentally leave out something as important as the college he attended.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:37 pm

Emmitt Smith cries while thanking Daryl Johnston

Posted by Will Brinson

Whether or not you think Emmitt Smith is the greatest running back of all-time (I don't; I'm not alone) , he was one of the all-time greatest backs to ever grace the gridiron, and he's a lock-job Hall of Famer. That probably explains why they saved his speech for last (well, that and the distinct possibility that he could offer up an amazing gaffe).

Emmitt moved through a list of people he wanted to thank -- Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson, Norv Turner, Jerry Jones and many more from earlier in his career -- and finally called out "Daryl Johnston, where are you?"

At this point, the crowd (which featured a LOT of Dallas Cowboy fans) went bonkers, screaming "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!" as Johnston stood up from his seat in the crowd.

"Darryl, you mean the world to me," Emmitt began, before thanking him first for his blocking and then, as the all-time leading rusher began to become clearly emotional, for treating Smith "like a brother."

"Without you," Emmitt said, wiping away tears from his face. "I know today would not have been possible. I love you, Daryl, from the bottom of my heart."

It was a pretty touching moment in what was an exceptional speech, even for the most cynical of Emmitt haters.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:09 pm

NFL Hall of Fame introductions are spectacular

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL Hall of Fame decided to test out a new form of introductions at Canton this year, and to say that it's a success is a pretty large understatement.

They took the always awesome voice of Steve Sabol (of NFL Films) and had him narrate highlights of the inductee's career with interspersed clips of the inductee's presenter discussing the greatness of their career.

Typically, an introduction involves a "Here is so-and-so to induct this great man" line followed by someone close to the inductee spending five or so minutes in front of a podium talking about the inductee and delivers a much more palatable -- especially for television viewers -- and energizing introduction to the inductee's speech.

Just like any other NFL Films experience, the result is a mix between thrilling and chilling.

Of course, Chris Berman still plays the role of Master of Ceremonies (and actually recorded the longest induction speech of the weekend!), so it's not a perfect situation. But there's no question that the folks in charge at Canton struck gold with their decision to eschew the typical inductee introduction.

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