Smith Reaching For More All-Purpose Yards


Fortune’s Roy Johnson illuminates the post-football life of Emmitt Smith in a way that only uses agonizing football metaphors in the first several paragraphs, but continues to gently massage Smith’s loins throughout. Smith teamed up in May of 2005 with ex-Cowboy Roger Staubach to form SmithCypress Partners LP, a $50mm JV with Cypress Equities focused on real estate development.
Smith is current president of the JV and is ‘actively engaged in day-to-day business.’ We know this because Smith drives his extremely humble giant Cowboy-Silver Hummer around the Dallas metropolitan area and ‘typically arrives in his office before 9 A.M.’
To preface Smith’s move to real estate, Johnson notes:

Smith's interest in real estate began during his days in Pop Warner football in Pensacola, when he sometimes stayed at the home of his coach the night before a game. The 3,500-square-foot house was no mansion, but it was enough to impress a young man who lived in a public housing project, the Courts, with his mother and four siblings.

Smith liked big houses when he was a kid. Well, I'm ready to invest! That’s like saying Smith’s interest in football began when his dad fumbled him down the stairs when he was a newborn.
Also, according to the article, Smith had to put his dreams of being an architect and taking real college classes on hold to set several University of Florida rushing records and win 3 Super Bowls in the NFL, making millions in the process. His major - quantum physics public recreation (that’s not a joke, but remember he was “this close” to the whole architecture thing).
We’ll see how the returns look for SmithCypress, but I wouldn’t bet on Smith unless Charles Haley, Tony Tolbert, Leon Lett and Russell Maryland start up funds to clear a market for him.
Emmitt Smith: Cowboy, dancer, real estate tycoon – [Fortune via CNNMoney]


Let's Help Greg Smith Name His Book

Earlier today, the Times reported that former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith-- he of third place Maccabiah Games finishes and very public breakup letters fame--, along with his newly acquired agent (Paul Fedorko), have been making the rounds at various publishing houses for the last week, pitching a book CNBC's Kate Kelly saysmay go for more than $1 million at auction. It’s still in the early stages, though, and most likey untitled. So! Let’s do him a solid and come up with some options. The tome is being pitched as a "coming-of-age story, the tale of someone who came into the business with good intentions and sky-high ideals that were ultimately pierced by Goldman’s obsessive focus on making money." So far all we've got are "Why They Don't Hug Anymore At Goldman Sachs," "Sixth-Balling Your Clients-- A Story Of Goldman Sachs," and "Den of Thieves: Tripping Over Ethics And My Shoe-Laces At Goldman Sachs." Surely you can do better.