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Who is Emmitt Smith's father? Ex NFL star surprises dad with renovation

Amber Peake August 28, 2021
Who is Emmitt Smith's father? Ex NFL star surprises dad with renovation

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In the latest episode of Secret Celebrity Renovations, which aired yesterday (Friday, 27 August), ex NFL star Emmitt Smith returned to his home town to transform his childhood home for his father, Emmitt Smith II. Following the show, some are now curious to know more about his father.

Who is Emmitt Smith’s father?

Former NFL star Emmitt Smith, also known as Emmitt James Smith, III was born to mother Mary Smith and father Emmitt James Smith, II.

His father Emmitt James Smith, II also shared a love for football and growing up and was offered a scholarship to play the sport at Fisk University in Nashville. Although the elder Smith is said to have turned the opportunity down to care for his then sick mother.

According to ESPN, he went on to become a bus driver for a local bus company in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida and play semi pro on the weekends.

Although in an interview as part of Graham Bensinger’s series In-Depth in 2017, Smith revealed his father stopped playing the sport after a knee injury.

He explained: “My father sustained a knee injury, and at the time, I mean before he sustained his knee injury, I was told, and people oftentimes tell me his he was the running back in the city of Pensacola.”

Smith later gushed about how his father had previously admitted to him that he was living out his football dream. He added: “My father tells me, he says son ‘you’re doing the things I wanted to do’, he said ‘you’re living my dream’.”

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NFL star surprises dad with family home renovation

Emmitt Smith returned to his family home in Florida yesterday (27 August) in an episode of CBS’s Secret Celebrity Renovations as he surprised his father by transforming their family home.

The footballer’s father is said to have lived alone following the death of his wife Mary Smith, who passed away in 2016.

The NFL star has since shared a clip from their episode on his Instagram as he opened up on the experience.

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Emmitt Smith’s family explored

The NFL star is a father of five and has three daughters Jasmin, Rheagen and Skylar and two sons EJ and Elijah.

In an interview with Yahoo! News in 2015, Smith opened up on fatherhood as he gushed about how what he has learnt from them over the years.

He told the publication: “It’s about taking best practices and utilizing techniques and tricks and applying them to their own lives. We don’t always have the right answers, but we can learn from each other.”

Smith shares his children with wife, Patricia Southall, a former Miss Virginia. The couple got married in 2000 although are said to have gone their separate ways last year after 20 years.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.