Ezekiel Elliott, who was a star in the state of Missouri for John Burroughs High School and a star running back at Ohio State, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.
Elliott finished second in all-time rushing yards for the Buckeyes.
At Burroughs, Elliott won four state titles in track and field (100 meters, 200 meters, 110 high hurdles, and 300 hurdles).
His dad Stacy played linebacker for the Missouri Tigers and was on the team for the infamous “fifth down” play against Colorado.
What NFL experts are saying about Elliott–Elite, three-down running back who has the ability to excel in every facet of the game. Elliott has rare combination of size, athleticism, pass-catching and blocking skills and his competitive nature is always bubbling on the surface. While he’s had to handle a heavy workload over the last two seasons, Elliot should still come out of the gates as one of the most productive young running backs in the league.*
Here’s the phone exchange between Elliott and Dallas owner Jerry Jones (Audio via DallasCowboys.com)