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Posted on: Monday, September 24, 2001
Emmitt Smith Gives Good Advice email to the editor
By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

On January 24, 2000 in Dallas Texas, a young football player from Texas Christian named LaDainian Tomlinson received the Doak Walker Award for being the top college running back of the year.

That day, the TCU running back (now pro with the San Diego Chargers) spoke to Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Smith gave Tomlinson his phone number while at the award ceremony in case Tomlinson ever needed any advice. He recently made that call.

Emmitt Smith
No. 22, Smith is a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. (in case you did not know) Emmitt Smith is to football what Lance Armstrong is to cycling, Tiger Woods is to golf, and Dan O'Brien is to the Decathlon. A few of Emmitt's NFL achievements include...

  • Dallas' all-time leader in rushing yards, attempts, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns

  • Has been named to 8 Pro Bowls (1990-95, 1998-99)

  • NFL rushing leader four times (1991-93, 1995)

  • NFL touchdown leader three times (1992, 1994-95)

  • Holds NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 25 in 1995

And just yesterday (against San Diego) Smith came closer to realizing just how close he is to becoming the NFL's career rushing leader. On Sunday, Emmitt Smith took over the No. 2 spot from Barry Sanders after rushing for 85 yards in Dallas' 32-21 loss to San Diego.

The Phone Call
LaDainian Tomlinson called to ask Smith about his longevity, how he'd rushed for 1,000 yards for 10 straight seasons. Smith's advice? Massages on Monday and Friday and "find a good chiropractor."

That's good advice from one of the world's top athletes. Give Dan O'Brien, Lance Armstrong, or Tiger Woods a call and ask them if regular chiropractic care is an important factor to being at the top of their sport. Don't have their numbers? I'll tell you the answers are Yes, Yes, and Yes.

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