The Charlie Daniel's Band has a song called "Uneasy Rider '88" in which the singer comments that he is going back "to where the women are women and the men are men."
Certainly, many old timers lament the effeminate trend among many men in today's society. But let me reminisce about a day when Emmitt Smith put his manhood on display for the world to see. But what am I saying, as soon as you saw the title of this post, you knew that event to which I refer.... didn't you?
It was the last regular season game of 1993. Giants-Cowboys, winner take all in the division. Cowboys were the defending Super Bowl champs. The Dan Reeves' led Giants had put together a solid season. We Cowboy fans were still smoldering a little over Emmitt's holdout at the beginning of the season, which we were convinced had led to the 0-2 start. We were just recovering from the Leon Lett Thanksgiving debacle against the Dolphins.
The Giants had clawed there way back from a 13 point deficit to tie the game. Emmitt had separated his shoulder and should have been removed from the game. But he refused to leave. Instead, he carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards (78 after the injury), again becoming the NFL rushing leader (despite missing those first two games). Can you imagine running for nearly 80 yards after separating your shoulder?
Truly a man. And he led his team to victory in Overtime, 16-13. Was there any doubt that we would repeat as Champions that year? Nope.
You can read about it here.