SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Emmitt Smith thinks federal
investigators targeted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to
get to others involved in an alleged dogfighting operation.
Smith, the retired star running back, Saturday said he believes
Vick was targeted because of his star status.
Vick and three associates are accused of competitive
dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and
conducting the enterprise across state lines. Vick is scheduled to
be arraigned Thursday in federal court in Richmond, Virginia.
Smith, who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on
Saturday along with nineteen others, was asked what he thought
about the Vick situation.
Smith placed some blame on Vick, saying athletes need to realize
they have to break ties with some people from their past. Smith,
the NFL's career leading rusher, said young athletes have to make
decisions about who they associate with because it could harm their