1. Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals (2003-2004)
When Emmitt Smith is mentioned, it's impossible to picture him as anything other than a Dallas Cowboy. He was the 17th overall selection in 1990 out of Florida — which was one of the many draft picks acquired in the famous Herschel Walker trade that gave birth to the dynasty of the 1990s.
Smith was the final "triplet" added to the team as he joined quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin to form one of the most dominant offenses in NFL history. While Aikman and Irvin had their share of success, Smith was the player that kept the chains moving.
He spent 13 seasons with the Cowboys and had at least 1,000 yards in 11 of them. He also led the NFL in rushing four times and rushing touchdownd three times. At the end of his 13 years in Dallas, he had a franchise record 17,162 yards and 75 touchdowns. That was also enough for the most in league history, but he wasn't done playing yet.
When Bill Parcells took over, he released Smith and the NFL's top rusher then joined the Arizona Cardinals — which was a franchise starved for a superstar.
His first season with Arizona was forgettable and he suffered a broken shoulder while playing against his former team. He did make a full recovery and got to play one final season in 2004. That year, he had 937 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. He also had a touchdown pass, hitting Obafemi Ayanbadejo on a halfback pass.
Smith finished his career with 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns — which still has him at No. 1 all time.