NFL: Ezekiel Elliott Is Currently 2nd On The Active-All-Time Rushing Leaders List

Ezekiel Elliott is less than 100 yards behind Derrick Henry on the NFL all-time leading rushers list. Henry has had a 2,000 yard rushing season. Both running backs entered the league the same year.

Zeke is being let go by Dallas. The narrative is that he was not worth the money. Many may add that he has not lived up to his big-time reputation. However, Ezekial Elliott is the 43rd all-time NFL leading rusher ahead of names like Ernest Byner, Herschel Walker, Roger Craig, Priest Holmes and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Wikipedia- Ezekiel Elijah Elliott (born July 22, 1995), nicknamed “Zeke “, is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 2015. Elliott was drafted by the Cowboys fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. As a three-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection, he led the league in rushing yards in 2016 and 2018.

Elliott was born in Alton, Illinois, to a mother and father who were both athletes in college.[1] His mother, the former Dawn Huff, was a high school state champion in three sports before attending the University of Missouri and running track there.[2][3] His father, Stacy, was a linebacker for the Missouri football team and CEO of Fifth Down Enterprises.[4] Elliott’s maternal grandfather played basketball for Drake University.[2] His uncle is Finnish professional basketball player Shawn Huff.[5]

Despite his athletic pedigree, Elliott attended more academically driven John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri,[6][7] where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball, and track and field. He also played baseball.[7] He played as a running back for the John Burroughs Bombers football team. As a junior in 2012, he was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year after rushing for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns and receiving 23 passes for 401 yards and six scores. In his senior year, he had 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 total touchdowns, including 2,155 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns.[8] He led the football team to three straight championship games, but lost all three.[7]

Also a standout track and field athlete, Elliott was a state qualifier in sprinting and hurdling events. He capped his high school career by winning four state championships at the Missouri Class 3 state championships in 2+12 hours (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter hurdles).[9] He recorded career-best times of 10.95 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 22.05 seconds in the 200-meter dash, 13.77 seconds in the 110m hurdles and 37.52 seconds in the 300m hurdles. He was named the Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in the state of Missouri.[10]

Considered a four-star recruit by Scout.com, Elliott was listed as the No. 9 running back in the nation in 2013.[11] He played in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Despite overwhelming support and pressure for Elliott to sign with his parents’ alma mater, the University of Missouri, he decided to sign with Ohio State University.[7]

Before the draft, Elliott was labeled the most complete back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson in 2007, and was predicted to be a top 10 selection.[31][32][33][34][35] On a draft breakdown by NFL.com, he drew comparisons to Edgerrin James and was listed as a three-down back that had “rare combination of size, athleticism, pass-catching and blocking skills”, and that he “should still come out of the gates as one of the most productive young running backs in the league”.[36]

Elliott was selected in the first round with the fourth overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016.[39] He was the first running back selected in the draft that year.[40] Elliott was widely regarded as an early favorite for the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year while playing behind what many agreed upon as the NFL’s most dominant offensive line leading up to the 2016 NFL season.[41][42][43][44]

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