Emmitt Smith Is Forgetting About the Cowboys’ Struggles by Getting Involved in NASCAR

Emmitt Smith played for the Dallas Cowboys during the franchise’s glory years. This year, though, the play of the Cowboys has been the complete opposite of glorious. Injuries certainly haven’t helped, but the players on the field haven’t played well at all, as Dallas is 2-4 through six games so far this year and are coming off a 38-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Well, Smith has found a way to distract himself from the Cowboys’ atrocious season — he is now getting involved in NASCAR.

The 2020 Dallas Cowboys have been horrible through six games

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There were high expectations for the Dallas Cowboys heading into this season. They have one of the most talented offenses in football, and they finally decided to move on from former head coach Jason Garrett, who had made them a staple of mediocrity for years.

However, this season has not gone well.

Injuries have hurt the Cowboys immensely. Gerald McCoy suffered a torn quadriceps tendon before the season started. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch also missed time with a fractured collarbone, and linebacker Sean Lee began the season on IR.

This is all in addition to some injuries on the offensive line, and the Cowboys’ biggest loss to injury this year — Dak Prescott.

The star quarterback was leading the NFL in passing yards before going down with a season-ending injury in a game against the New York Giants in Week 5.

While injuries have certainly been a problem, the players on the field have still been awful. The Cowboys are 2-4, and their defense is last in the NFL, allowing 36.3 points per game. The Arizona Cardinals just flat-out embarrassed them in their most recent game too, as the Cowboys lost 38-10.

Emmitt Smith has criticized the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have been horrible so far this season. Emmitt Smith is forgetting about their struggles by working with NASCAR.
Emmitt Smith speaks on stage during Day 2 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on Jan. 30, 2020. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

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Many Cowboys fans don’t have too many positive things to say about their team right now. Smith also doesn’t have too many great things to say.

“From an emotional standpoint, it is sad, because we call ourselves America’s Team,” Smith said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We call ourselves the best organization in all of football, in all of sports, and we need that to be a reflection in terms of how we perform on the football field. And we need to do that on a much more consistent basis.”

However, Smith also said that he, of course, is still rooting for his former team that he won three Super Bowls with. 

“It has not been pleasant,” Smith said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “Every week we have had to fight from behind and it hasn’t been pretty, and it has caught up to us. And I do understand we have a number of injuries on our front [offensive] line and with Dak going down. But I’m still going to root for ’em, I’m going to take whatever punishment I’ve got to take. I’m big enough to take it.”

Emmitt Smith is getting involved in NASCAR

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One thing that can help Smith get his mind off the Cowboys is what he is doing with NASCAR.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Smith’s social media platform, Notable Live, has signed as sponsor of the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro that aspiring NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jesse Iwuji will drive in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Smith will also have Grand Marshal duties at the race on Oct. 24, as he announced on Twitter that he will tell the drivers to start their engines.

Iwuji, a Black man, is a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve and is working to have a successful career in NASCAR.

“It’s truly an honor for me to be standing next to this man, who has served this country for seven years,” Smith said about Iwuji, according to The Dallas Morning News. “To NASCAR, this is a tremendous historic moment because NASCAR does not have that many African Americans on the track. As we all know, this is an expensive ‘hobby’ — very expensive — but you’ve got to have the skill set to do it.”

He went on to say this: “So for the door to be opened … what is America truly about? It’s about the melting pot, it’s about creating opportunities for others of color, others who may own teams like this. I’m here to support Jesse; Jesse has supported us.”

Iwuji’s NASCAR career is still pretty fresh. He has 11 starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. He finished 17th at the 2019 spring race at Texas Motor Speedway, according to The Dallas Morning News. His start at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be his third start in the Xfinity Series. He also said that he has an intention to own his own race team one day, as he also became a partner in Notable Live recently.

With the Dallas Cowboys’ poor play lately, at least Smith has something to take his mind off the team.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference