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Emmitt Smith Runs for 1,000 Again

January 6, 2002

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _Emmitt Smith surpassed the 1,000-yard mark Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the first running back ever to gain 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons.

The 32-year-old Dallas running back entered the game 56 yards shy of the milestone and passed it on a 13-yard run on his 13th carry late in the third quarter.

Smith also scored his 159th touchdown, which trails only Jerry Rice’s total, on a 2-yard run to give Dallas a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. He has run for three TDs this season and an NFL-best 148 over his 12-year career.

Smith shared the record for consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with former Lion Barry Sanders.

Walter Payton is the only other player to run for 1,000 yards 10 times. He did it in an 11-year span, with the only interruption coming in the strike-shortened 1982 season, when just nine games were played.

Smith entered the game 616 yards behind Payton’s career mark of 16,726 yards.

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