Ezekiel Elliott received some high praise from one of the greatest running backs in NFL history Thursday.
Speaking on two different shows in the build-up to the Super Bowl in Houston, Barry Sanders said Elliott is his favorite current running back and mentioned the former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys star first when asked who the best current runner is.
Per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Sanders told the network that Elliott has become his favorite in the absence of Marshawn Lynch, who is now spreading the joy of Skittles overseas.
Barry Sanders on @nflnetwork says Zeke Elliott is his favorite RB to watch. “I missed Marshawn Lynch this year, he was probably my favorite”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 2, 2017
Sanders also appeared on ESPN’s “First Take,” where he was asked who he thinks is the best running back in the NFL.
“You’d have to say Elliott,” Sanders said, causing the Texas crowd to erupt. “Elliott put his stamp on the game. You look at (Le’Veon) Bell at Pittsburgh, and obviously (Adrian) Peterson was injured. I think there’s still some very solid runners in the game.”
When pressed about how Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards in the regular season, benefited from the play of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, Sanders didn’t back down.
“I don’t think having a great offensive line takes away from his greatness,” Sanders said. “Being a rookie, you see what he did when he had the ball in his hands. … The best? He certainly deserves to be in that conversation.”
It’s clear the Detroit Lions legend has a soft spot for Elliott. Michigan fans can’t be happy about that.
You can watch the full interview below.