Former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is eager to make a name for himself with the Dallas Cowboys.
According to ESPN, Elliott told Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson that he’s going to break the latter’s NFL rookie rushing record.
“I know a little bit about (Dickerson),” Elliott said. “Eighteen hundred yards. We joke about it all the time. I told him I’m going to get it.”
Dickerson set the record in 1983, when he ran for 1,808 yards as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. He’s not so sure about Elliott’s chances.
“He told me through his agent that he was going to break my record,” Dickerson said this week. “I just laughed and said, ‘Good luck.’ Many have said that; all have failed.
“I like the record because you get one shot at it and that’s it, because you’re a rookie one time. You don’t get three or four shots at that record. ‘Oh, let me do it again.’ Nah.”
Elliott’s quest begins Sunday, when the Cowboys host the New York Giants in their season opener. Many believe Elliott, who rushed for 3,961 yards at Ohio State, is primed for a productive season behind Dallas’ veteran offensive line.