If you are a fan of football I am pretty sure you have heard the name Ezekiel Elliot a lot. All good things of course.
Ezekiel Elliott aka Zeke is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. At just 21 years old he stands at 6’1″ weighing in at 225 pounds. But his size sure doesn’t seem to slow him down, and even if it did, his mass could drag him (and anyone else) along to get where he is trying to go.
Now before I get into all his current amazingness (is that a word?) let me start with high school. When someone is a good athlete, they are usually great in every sport. That is this kid all the way.
In high school Elliott attended John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri. He was a star in not only football, but also basketball and track, and he even played baseball.
While in highschool he played as a running back for the John Burroughs Bombers football team, and as a junior in 2012, he was named the St. Louis Post dispatch offensive player of the year after rushing an astonishing 1,802 yards, 34 touchdowns, and receiving 23 passes for 401 yards. Senior year, he had 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns, including 2,155 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns.
Also a natural track & field athlete, Elliott was a state qualifier in sprinting and hurdling events. In high school he won four state championships at the Missouri Class 3 state championships.
Now let me touch down a little bit on his college football career. Elliot attended Ohio State University starting 2013, and in the 2014 season he was named the Offensive MVP of both the 2015 Sugar Bowl and the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
His success at the end of the 2014 season made him a front-runner for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. After his successful season, 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns, Elliott was named the 2015 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and was also 2015 Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year.
Now tell me this kid wasn’t born to be great.
He decided to skip his senior year in college and wanted to jump into the draft. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, Elliott was selected 4th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL draft on April 28, 2016. On May 18, 2016, Elliott signed his four-year rookie contract reportedly worth $24.9 million with a $16.3 million signing bonus. Well deserved as I am sure most everyone has either seen or heard.
His teammates are shocked and amazed by his talent. A few, including Dez, believe he will not only recieve rookie of the year, but will also shatter records.
In just six short games, this young man has rushed 703 yards. He is a beast and will let nothing get in his way. I feel sorry for the poor guys who do get in the way of that bulldozer. That is 225 pounds of all dedication and strength. I am looking forward to watching this young man this season and in many more seasons.
Although his Professional career has just started, it has already taken off and he is well known and highly spoken of. He is a force to be reckoned with.