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It was about as surprising as the Ravens' release of Chris McAlister, but ESPN has cut loose Emmitt Smith. Everyone seems to agree he's a prime example of how being a great player doesn't make you a good broadcaster.

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We can't exactly blame ESPN, because the finalists were determined by a fan vote, but Maryland didn't make the cut in the network's Mt. Rushmore of sports top five -- New York (Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Joe  Namath), California (Tiger Woods, John Wooden, Magic  Johnson, Jackie Robinson), Alabama (Hank Aaron, Bear Bryant, Bo Jackson, Willie Mays),
Pennsylvania (Joe Paterno, Mario Lemieux, Roberto Clemente, Wilt Chamberlain) and Illinois (Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Ernie Banks, and Mike Ditka). Maryland's Michael Phelps, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson and John Unitas should have beaten out at least one of those.

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