About Pat & Emmitt
EMMITT J. SMITH
Emmitt J. Smith III, Hall of Fame Class of 2010, was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 1990 draft. Over the next twelve years Emmitt was able to help lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl Championships, lead the NFL in rushing four times, was the league MVP in 1993, MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII and made eight Pro Bowl appearances. Smith is a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the College Football Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Emmitt was the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons and on October 27, 2002 he became the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher having amassed 18,355 yards during his 14 seasons in the league after surpassing the late Walter Payton.
Having learned from his mother the importance of helping others, Smith and his wife, Pat, founded Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities to provide resources to underserved youth. Smith has also been involved with initiatives and organizations such as Children’s Defense Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and United Way. Smith is the Founding Chair of the North Texas Super Bowl YET (Youth Education Town) Center Board of Advisors.
Smith is also an active and forward thinking businessman. Currently, Smith is the Majority Partner and Co-Chairman of ESmith Legacy, Inc., a Dallas-based commercial real estate development and investment company founded to focus and deliver real estate solutions and services for both general and minority market development The company invests globally in asset classes such as Industrial, Multi-Family Residential, Retail Services and Hospitality. His latest venture is EJ Smith Industries which includes contracting concrete as well as other construction services.
As a wife, mother, television host and former actress, Pat Smith is known for her philanthropy on behalf of women and children. She is the President of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and Founder/CEO of “Treasure You.” Her career highlights include being the first African-American woman to win the Miss Virginia USA title and first runner-up of the 1994 Miss USA Pageant.
Pat is a wife, mother, former actress, broadcast journalist/TV host and former beauty queen known for her dedication to church, civic and community activities. Her television career includes host of Keep the Faith, recurring roles and guest appearances on such primetime hits as Beverly Hills 90210, Sunset Beach and The Wayans Brothers Show. Pat is currently the host of Treasure You and a member of the Vogue 100.
Pat is a celebrity role model for the Dallas Elevators mentor program for Dallas ISD high school students. She is also involved with battered women’s shelters and breast cancer initiatives.