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Cardinals RB David Johnson Meets Idol Emmitt Smith for First Time

There are few running backs in today's NFL as talented as Arizona's David Johnson. There is however no shortage of football players everywhere, from the NFL down to youth football, that idolize RB .

David Johnson, drafted by the Cardinals in the of the 2015 out of Northern Iowa, wrote this moving piece recently in the Player's Tribune about his long-time obsession with everything Emmitt Smith.

In the above , Johnson met Smith for the first time, and the lighthearted conversation that the two had about their craft as ball carriers along with life in general is a joy to watch.

The article does even more to put in a time machine to the 90's, as Johnson writes about being a Cowboys fan because of #22 before he even fully understood the magnitude of being a fan of :

“Soon after, I remember being in art class and drawing a star with a 22 in the middle as part of a project. I didn't really get what made Emmitt so great at that point, but I knew, just from the way my relatives talked about him, that he had to be something special.”

Fast forward now to the , and David Johnson will be featured as one of the best running backs in the league for a dynamic Cardinals that saw him rush for 1,239 yards in 2016.

The same will be said about and the Dallas Cowboys – who earned Emmitt Smith's respect from the night he was drafted. Their phenomenal second-year comes off of a rookie season with 1,631 yards on the ground.

We'll even get our first of what could be many meetings between Elliott's Cowboys and Johnson's Cardinals in 2017, as Dallas will visit Arizona. Thanks in large part to the aura the Cowboys once built, predominantly with stars like Emmitt Smith, a common thread in this game featuring premier running backs will be the league's all time leading rusher in Emmitt.

“…now that I'm in the league, I try my best to do most of the things that Emmitt excelled at as a runner — the things that impressed me so much as a little kid.”

The running back position is prevalent in the National Football League once again, as is the fraternity of great players at the position.

This is why we love football.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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