Legendary Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith Breaks Down in Emotional Tribute to Late Larry Allen

Following the passing of Cowboys legend Larry Allen, Emmitt Smith shared an emotional tribute to his former teammate and friend.

On Monday, it was announced that Dallas Cowboys‘ legend Larry Allen died unexpectedly at 52. It didn’t take long for the NFL and former teammates to come together in his honor, including an emotional tribute from Emmitt Smith.

Emmitt Smith and Former Dallas Cowboys Honor Larry Allen

Allen, a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, played for Dallas from 1994-2005, becoming one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. During that time, he blocked for both Smith and Troy Aikman, both Hall of Famers in their own right. Smith posted a four-minute tribute to Allen in which he saw himself get very emotional.

“I’m sitting on my back patio, reflecting on one of the best offensive linemen I’ve ever played with in Larry Allen,” Smith said. “I’m at a loss of words right now. Such a good dude. Great player, super person.”

“Just breaks my heart. And I know life is very fragile, and we only here for a moment, and we need to make the best out of every moment and not take people for granted,” Smith said. “All I can say is live a life to the fullest like you can. Love those that are close to you; try to love those that are not near you as best as you can.”

“The one thing about Larry Allen I know: He had a big heart, and he lived life to the fullest,” Smith said. “A man of very few words, but on the football field, he was a beast and will be sorely missed … My heart is just broken.”

For Aikman, he shared a heartfelt message on X (formerly Twitter) honoring his former teammate following the tragic news.

“He was a HOF offensive lineman that dominated opponents regardless of the position played. Off the field, he was a gentle giant that loved his family,” Aikman said.

Revisiting Allen’s Career in Dallas With Smith

Allen was a second-round pick by the Cowboys in the 1994 NFL Draft. The Cowboys were coming off winning their second consecutive Super Bowl victory, and Smith was named the league’s MVP after rushing for 1,486 yards in 14 games.

Allen and Smith were teammates for nine seasons in Dallas, including in 1995 when the Cowboys won the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.

As teammates, Allen and Smith both enjoyed a ton of individual success. With Allen creating holes and lanes for him to follow at the line of scrimmage, Smith made the Pro Bowl four more times during his Cowboys career and was a first-team All-Pro in 1994 and 1995.

Smith also retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards and is still the record holder 20 years later.

Allen meanwhile, was a six-time first-team All-Pro in Dallas and is one of three players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl at more than one position on the offensive line. When Allen’s career was officially over after the 2007 season, he retired as one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history.

Allen’s accolades are near limitless for an NFL offensive lineman. For his career, he made the Pro Bowl 11 times, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for both the 1990s and 2000s.

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