He is standing on a stage in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, a broad-shouldered man in a black turtleneck and a Cowboy-blue vest. In a moment he will be presented with a black Buick Park Avenue Ultra as the MVP in the Cowboys' 30-13 win over the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII. In the game he scored two TDs and ran for 132 yards. He won the regular-season and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year. Jones has said of his loss in the long-ago contract standoff: "Maybe we got a bargain." Maybe he did indeed.
"What next?" a reporter asks Smith.
"There's so much more I need to accomplish," Smith says. "I have so much room to grow, both as a player and as a person. If you're satisfied, you're finished. You can never be satisfied."
Uh-oh, Jerry. Don't lose that bank card.