Today is College Football National Signing Day. Since I am a URI alum it means absolutely nothing to me. Hard to get fired up over half star recruits and 3-9 seasons. I used to love college ball until I started working Saturdays while I myself was in college (plus Tim Tebow graduated). Slowly I stopped paying attention to Saturday football. Nowadays I have a general idea of what's going on in College Football but couldn't name 5 non-QBs. Chase Young is the only one that comes to mind off the top of my head.
In "holy shit, you're old" news, all-time leading NFL rusher, Emmitt Smith's son, EJ signed with Stanford University.
When asked what advice Emmitt had for his son, the three-time Super Bowl champion had this to say:
"I can wear this hat but he doesn't have to wear this hat," Emmitt Smith told ESPN2. "His daddy went there, but that doesn't mean that my son has to go there. At the end of the day, my son has his own journey and it is his journey, not my journey. For him to do the things that are best for him is what we teach all of our children. I'm proud of him for standing up and being the man that he is and the man that he will continue to become."
God damn if that isn't the most beautiful thing you'll see all day. After all, it sure as shit wasn't this.
I've searched for five minutes to see if his Christian name is actually EJ or if he's Emmitt too and goes by this. For his sake let's hope its not Emmitt. I cannot stand juniors to begin with. It's magnified 450x when a celebrity does it. We need more Stevie Nicks, go your own way!
Now I don't know either Emmitt (although my cousin did sit next to him at him while graduating from UF and didn't know who he was) or his son, but to hear that support from his old man who is an all-time legend at the University of Florida is fucking awesome. "Find what's best for you and make it happen for yourself" If that isn't what all kids what to hear. It wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility to think he'd "make" his son pick his school. I'm sure there's plenty of parents who would strongly push, if not force their school on their son. When you're the all time leading rusher of the National Football League it's easy to have a big head and not back down. 22 didn't. From that sub-90 second clip I am all for Emmitt Smith writing a parenting book. I don't need to go any further in trying to be a psychologist but G damnit when I saw this it made me happy, best of luck to EJ at Stanford.