This season cowboy running back Emmitt Smith will try to become the second back ever to win four straight NFL rushing titles, a feat previously accomplished only by Jim Brown (32, below), who actually won it five years in a row, beginning in 1957.
"That's awesome," Smith says. "I want it."
Brown lost out to Jim Taylor of the Packers for top rushing honors in '62: then he was again the leading ground-gainer for three straight years, from '63 to '65, before retiring with eight rushing titles in nine pro seasons. That's why Brown is still the standard against which all backs are measured. Here is a comparison between the first four years of Brown's career in Cleveland and Smith's first four seasons in Dallas:
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