Ezekiel Elliott is in just his fifth NFL season despite everything he’s already accomplished. An All-Pro as a rookie who continues to prove his worth, Elliott is one of the brightest young running backs in the NFL. However, there’s one thing missing in Elliott’s trophy case, and that’s a Super Bowl ring. He spoke about this with The Athletic.
The rise of Zeke in the football world
Elliott made waves at Ohio State. After a quiet freshman year, Elliott’s break came in 2014. That year, with Elliott running the ball and JT Barrett and Cardale Jones running the offense, the Buckeyes had a magical season culminating with a win over Oregon in the College Football Championship.
At that point, Elliott had just under 4,000 rushing yards and 449 receiving yards en-route to 44 touchdowns. To the surprise of no one, he declared for the NFL draft. With the fourth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys took the star running back, and he wasted no time showing them that he was the right pick.
Many players take several years before finding their niche. This was not the case with Elliott. He took the field in 2016 and was immediately one of the best running backs in the NFL. Elliott ran for 1,631 yards in his first season for 15 touchdowns en route to his first, and thus far, only, All-Pro honor. Although Elliott has not matched the All-Pro season, he proves he’s here to stay with every game.
What is Ezekiel Elliott missing?
The Cowboys haven’t matched his talent with wins and losses. Although the team made it to through two games in the 2018 playoffs, they’re the only two games that Elliott has played in. Reflecting on to the Cowboys that dominated the NFL when he was just a newborn, Elliott told The Athletic how much it would mean to earn a trophy:
“Just missing one thing; that’s a Super Bowl … I do [think about winning the Super Bowl] all the time. I would be honored to bring a Lombardi back to the DFW community that deserves it because of how passionate they are about this team and how much they love us and support us. That would be an honor.”
Winning a Super Bowl is every NFL player’s dream. Winning it as a member of the Cowboys, however, is entirely different. Although the moniker of America’s Team might be mostly self-entitled, Dallas remains one of the most popular teams in pro sports. With a new coach, Jerry Jones and company might have their best chance in years.
Can Elliott and the Cowboys do it?
Elliott looked right at home in the first game of the 2020 season. He rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the LA Rams. Despite the loss, the Cowboys are in a prime position to do what they couldn’t last year. Prescott is poised to take another step toward stardom, reports WFAA, and Mike McCarthy has the Super Bowl experience to get the job done.
Whether or not Elliott and the Cowboys can win the franchise, another ring remains to be desired. However, Elliott has the tools and the mindset that are needed to make that dream a reality. If he can do it, he will be Dallas royalty for decades to come.