Ezekiel Elliott quickly established himself as one of the most electric players in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys running back by way of Ohio State led the league in rushing and churned out highlight after highlight during his rookie campaign. But there’s one of Elliott’s moves that always makes fans — and former Cowboys greats — hold their collective breath: His hurdles.
Time after time, Elliott has leaped over a defender for a few extra yards in the open field. It’s often worked for the former Buckeye, but it’s a dangerous move and puts his knees very close to defenders’ helmets.
In an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, both Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith — two of the best Cowboys running backs of all time — urged Elliott to cool it with the hurdling.
“He better stop that. He better stop that. He better stop that. That’s one thing that I don’t like. When you get airborne, you’re at the mercy of the hit, and sometimes you can’t protect yourself. I think as he gets older he may take that out of his repertoire. He needs to stop that. That scares me every time he gets airborne. I’m like oh….”
“Get on the ground as quickly as possible. Every time I watch somebody run, I’m looking very closely, very tentatively, seeing how they fall because a lot of things happen when you fall.”
It was the year of the #ZekeLeap!
— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 2017