Smith selected to state Hall of Fame


Former Gator All-American Emmitt Smith is among five athletes being inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in August.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Three football legends, a professional golfer and a tennis sensation have been selected for induction into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Emmitt Smith, the former Gator great, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, golfer Greg Norman and tennis player Monica Seles will be inducted at the 32nd Induction Ceremony on Aug. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tropicana Field.
Smith is a Pensacola native who earned All-American honors from the University of Florida and rushed for a league record 18,355 yards over 15 NFL seasons, the first 13 with the Cowboys, where he won three Super Bowls. He surpassed Walter Payton's 16,726 yards in 2002 and retired in February 2005 after spending his final two years with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame will also recognize a Special Olympics of Florida Athlete with a featured honorary award at the Induction Banquet, as well as have a special tribute to longtime sportscaster Curt Gowdy who died earlier this year. Kosar and Testaverde were star quarterbacks at the University of Miami before moving on to the NFL.
-Pat Dooley

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