AUSTIN (KXAN) — NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith only runs businesses these days.
Smith spoke in Austin Monday at a conference for the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
After a 15-year career in the NFL, Smith has attacked the business world much like he attacked holes in opposing NFL defenses, building several successful ventures.
“I had to learn how to become a good blocker so I could be there on first, second, and third down, and not allow the defense to key on me on just running downs. That means I can run the ball, catch the ball and block too. So the diversity of a running back was extremely paramount to the success of who I was as a Dallas Cowboy. I look at that the same way in business,” Smith said.
Smith’s latest business endeavor is a chain of high-end barbershops. He is currently involved in several real estate and construction projections and has a specific interest in Austin.
“There’s a lot here, so tapping into this network is paramount for success,” Smith said.
As for advice for potential business owners, Smith says to tackle every opportunity.
“Just because you start in a place doesn’t necessarily mean you end in the same place. Opportunities are all over the place and you’ve just got to figure out how to tap into those things and have the bandwidth to execute whatever game plan you have,” Smith said.