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Doc of the Day: Emmitt Smith's Greatest Moment


With the sports world hitting the pause button, there is an obvious huge void for fans, starving for sports entertainment.

The Dallas Cowboys media team has produced over 25 documentaries over the last five years and has decided to use this idle time to feature many of them, which include Emmy-winning and nominated productions that touch on a wide range of topics and players from all 60 seasons of Dallas Cowboys Football.

Today, we continue the series with "The Cold Shoulder," highlighting Emmitt Smith's greatest game of his career.

Produced and edited by Chris Behm and written and directed by Nick Eatman, this film aired in 2018, and was nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for best documentary.

For a player who rushed for 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons, made eight Pro Bowls, was named MVP in 1993 and eventually was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, it's hard to think there is such a thing as the "Emmitt Smith Game."

But make no mistake, the 1993 regular-season finale, which was actually played on Jan. 2, 1994, will go down as Emmitt's shining moment. With the Cowboys desperately needing to beat the Giants to win the NFC East and secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the stakes couldn't have been higher for a regular-season game.

Smith had carried the Cowboys throughout the season, despite missing the first two games because of a contract holdout. Still, the team had survived a series of ups and downs and were in position to properly defend their Super Bowl title, but just needed one big win in the Meadowlands.

But the drama intensified in the second quarter when Smith suffered a shoulder injury that had him writhing in pain throughout the day. But it didn't stop him from producing. Wearing a makeshift protection out of a knee pad, Smith continue to get the ball and churn out yards. He willed the Cowboys to a 16-13 overtime win, that will go down as one of the most important games in Cowboys history.

Yes, the Cowboys are the Team of the 90's. But does that happen without that victory? Some of the members on that team wondered just how different things would've been without that game and that performance by Emmitt Smith.

(Note: All of the films can be seen either on, or the Cowboys NOW app, featuring Connected TV applications – Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire.)

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