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Emmitt Smith On Bryant Not Ending His Career With The Cowboys, "It Happens"

April 18, 2018 - 5:57 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys' legend Emmitt Smith was asked about the Dez Bryant's release from the Cowboys Wednesday, and he said he can relate to Bryant's situation.

"Without a doubt. I didn’t, and not only I didn’t, but a whole lot more people didn’t get a chance for their careers to finish here,” Smith said, via DallasCowboys.com, at the Albertsons Companies All-Star Gala at The Star, when asked about Bryant not ending his career in Dallas.

Adding, "It happens. You just have to be prepared to deal with whatever you have to deal with and hopefully, some other team picks you up, and when you get there you’ve got to shine like you would shine here and just keep pushing.”

Bryant, selected by Dallas in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, amassed 531 catches for 7,459 yards in his eight-year career with the Cowboys. The Lufkin native is the club's all-time leader in touchdown receptions (73).

Smith who is the NFL all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, 100-yard rushing games, and most 1,000 yard rushing seasons was cut by the Cowboys 15 years ago after 13-years with the team. He finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

"I was OK with it. I was really OK with it. Because after 13 years here, I’d done all I could do and I understood what I was getting myself into and I understood what the dilemma was. I would’ve loved to have stayed here, but that wasn’t the case. The cards were not dealt that way, and so I accepted the simple fact that it was time to move on and try to take my talents other places and see if I loved the game as much as I did when I was playing for the Dallas Cowboys," Smith said. "It was in the cards. It was my time to move on. And by moving on, it gave me a chance to have closure in the game itself and realize when I was in Arizona that the game has passed me by and it was time to move on and call it a day."

Bryant has yet to sign with a new team but rumors have linked the receiver to the Giants, the Packers, the Ravens, and the 49ers.