Who is Ezekiel Elliot?
Ezekiel Elijah Elliott is a running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott was selected fourth overall by the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was born on July 22, 1995 in Alton city of Illinois state and attended the John Burroughs School where he played football, basketball and also participated in track and field. He had 3,061 combined yards and 50 total touchdowns his senior year, including 2,155 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns. He decided to play football for the Ohio State Buckeyes after finishing high school.
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Elliott was a backup running back as a true freshman at Ohio State University in 2013. Despite this, he rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 30 attempts. Elliott rushed for more than 100 yards six times during the regular season as a freshman, totaling 1873 yards and 17 touchdowns. In his final year at Ohio State, he had 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1821 yards. He later decided to enter the NFL Draft in 2016.
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The Dallas Cowboys selected Elliott in the first round with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, making him the first RB drafted that year. Later, he agreed to a four-year rookie deal worth $24.9 million with a $16.3 million signing bonus.
Elliott finished his rookie season as the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,631 yards, with a standout performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5 when he rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown. Elliott ran 22 times for 125 yards in his first NFL playoff game, a 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round.
Elliott was suspended for the first six games of the 2017 NFL season by the league on August 11, 2017, prior to the start of the season. His suspension was the result of five allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend in 2016. The NFLPA, however, upheld his suspension. Elliott finished the 2017 season with 242 carries for 983 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games and starts, as well as 26 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. On the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018, he was ranked 54th by his peers.
Elliott finished the 2018 season with 1,434 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 15 games and starts, as well as 77 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns. For the second time in three seasons, he won the rushing title.
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The Cowboys exercised Elliott’s fifth-year option before the 2019 season. Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cowboys on September 4, with $50 million guaranteed, keeping him under contract through the 2026 season. Elliott finished the 2019 season with 1,357 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, as well as 54 receptions for 420 yards and two scores in 15 games and starts.
Elliott finished the 2020 season with 979 yards rushing and six touchdowns, as well as 52 receptions for 338 yards and two scores. The Cowboys restructured Elliott’s contract on August 27, 2021, before the season began, converting $8.6 million of his base salary for that upcoming season into a signing bonus to have salary cap space. Despite dealing with lingering knee and ankle injuries for the majority of the season, Elliott was able to start all 17 games and rush for 1,002 yards and 10 touchdowns on 237 attempts, while also catching 47 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns.