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Ezekiel Elliott aiming for Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record

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In 1983, Rams rookie running back Eric Dickerson ran for 1,808 yards, a mark that had never been reached by a rookie before and has never been approached since. Now Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott thinks it’s time to break that record.

Elliott said this week that he has talked to Dickerson about his plans to break the record that Dickerson has held for 33 years.

“Eighteen hundred yards. We joke about it all the time. I told him I’m going to get it,” Elliott said, via ESPN.

Dickerson confirmed that’s what Elliott told him.

“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.”

That’s an extremely tall order, a goal that Elliott is unlikely to achieve. But it’s nice to see a rookie with lofty ambitions. The Cowboys like Elliott’s confidence.

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47 Responses to “Ezekiel Elliott aiming for Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record”
  1. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:20 AM

    “told me through his agent”? So, the kid talks smack but not to your face? No respect. Half Shirt Zeke will be lucky to crack 1000 yards.

  2. therealraider says: Sep 8, 2016 11:21 AM

    Not gonna happen. I’d be surprised if he gets 1,350.

  3. brianh992 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:21 AM

    Hasn’t gained a yard!

  4. FlashPatterson says: Sep 8, 2016 11:21 AM

    Anybody else get the feeling Elliot has never met Dickerson? Why act like you’re bros if you aren’t?

  5. nhpats says: Sep 8, 2016 11:23 AM

    OMG the Cowboys have themselves another diva. Can anyone imagine a BB coached player making such a statement?

  6. rideforjesus says: Sep 8, 2016 11:23 AM

    Take a REAL GAME NFL snap before you open your trap…rookie

  7. eazeback says: Sep 8, 2016 11:28 AM

    he’s definitely gonna get the touches to try and break it, nothing jerry would want more than that fan fair…he can see the dollar signs now from all the merch he’d have printed up

  8. davefromwork says: Sep 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    How great is it gonna be when Elliott is a bust this year? Dude is getting a lot of hype for a rookie on what should be a pretty average team at best.

  9. Grugenhagen says: Sep 8, 2016 11:34 AM

    He’s already got Jerruh Disease. All talk.

  10. ariani1985 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:34 AM

    Drug test this clown!

  11. valentino8100 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    Judging by his mouth, it sounds as though he’ll fit in quite nicely in Dallas, TX.

  12. usedjock says: Sep 8, 2016 11:48 AM

    Ok rookie how about you shut your trap until you actually run against a real NFL D first? If you are killing the NFL with rushing say by Halloween then say what you want.

    One other factor could be the defense. Why? they are going to be giving up a bunch of points and that could take away the running game.

  13. djbleedthestar says: Sep 8, 2016 11:50 AM

    Don’t care to post the rest of the article I guess “Honestly, yeah, that’s something I do want to accomplish, but it’s not a priority,” Elliott said of breaking Dickerson’s record. “What’s a priority is going out there and winning ballgames every week.”

  14. truecowboyfan says: Sep 8, 2016 11:56 AM

    Please Zeke. As a die-hard fan, please keep those comments to yourself until you actually prove something. Nothing wrong with thinking it but talking this smack is doing nothing but putting more pressure on you and a little foolish.

  15. jxt2521 says: Sep 8, 2016 11:59 AM

    no one will ever break that record because its straight rushing yards. a lot of traditional running plays have been replaced with short passes to backs.

    Wow, is that an impressive record.

  16. 65impala says: Sep 8, 2016 12:09 PM

    sounds like maybe he did buy some weed in San Diego. Clean up your act before you even mention the Great Eric Dickerson!!

  17. tonebones says: Sep 8, 2016 12:15 PM

    Hope so. I took him with the number one overall fantasy pick. Go Zeke! I think Elliott is the best RB to come out since Peterson, and he has a good O-line.

  18. weepingjebus says: Sep 8, 2016 12:18 PM

    I will support his efforts if he brings back those sweet athletic specs.

  19. kneedragr says: Sep 8, 2016 12:22 PM

    Did he have a smoking pipe in one hand when he made this statement? Thats about the only way it makes sense, otherwise concussion protocol pronto!

  20. 69goatboy says: Sep 8, 2016 12:22 PM

    Slow down, rook.
    You haven’t done squat yet.
    Even if you’re halfway there after the halfway mark, you can think it, but don’t say it.
    Keep it classy, rook.

  21. kneedragr says: Sep 8, 2016 12:25 PM

    They are going to have 8 men in the box every down that rookie QB is in there, he will be lucky to get to 80 yards a game!

  22. captainwhodat says: Sep 8, 2016 12:26 PM

    crystal ball is not working but I am wondering how many touches Morris will take away from Elliott…

  23. 202folife says: Sep 8, 2016 12:29 PM

    Sorry youngster, in the NFL you have to break tackles unlike at OSU when you went thru the line untouched and outran everyone. One more thing, LBs are just as fast as you on this level. Be satisfied if you get over 1,000 yards and stay humble.

  24. bkostela says: Sep 8, 2016 12:37 PM

    While 1,808 is damn near impossible for a rookie, 1,808 plus 2,105 in the first two seasons may never be broken, even if/when the league expands to 18 game seasons.

  25. bobC927 says: Sep 8, 2016 12:38 PM

    The “kid” just put the kiss of death upon himself.

  26. vicksdawgpound says: Sep 8, 2016 12:43 PM

    Kid runs really hard. He better worry more about holding up to all those NFL hits he is going to be taking. He is going to great RB but he isn’t going to be able to over power everyone like he did in college he will definately have to run smarter.

  27. pioniere says: Sep 8, 2016 12:46 PM

    Love these guys who talk about personal goals rather than talking about making the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. He’s a perfect fit in Dallas.

  28. wedemboyztripled says: Sep 8, 2016 12:58 PM

    He believes in himself and that monster o line he gots in front of him. He’s trying to set the standard, a guy like that can hype this offense even more. Now without Romo, he will have more chances to run it down the defenses throat. ZEKE THE FREAK

  29. adimuz95 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:08 PM

    2 playoff wins since 1996. that’s 1 playoff win a decade LOL americas team huh

  30. sportoficionado says: Sep 8, 2016 1:21 PM

    A lot of underachieving going on in this comment section. Hate if you muse but the kid has moxie, tough and will not accept failure; seems like a winner to me, which is not what I can say for the majority of the comments I’ve seen here today.

  31. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 8, 2016 1:32 PM


  32. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    Sorry. There will be no bust of Half-Shirt Boy in Canton.

  33. truths4all says: Sep 8, 2016 1:42 PM

    it will be a druggie fueled effort if he does it.

  34. jjackwagon says: Sep 8, 2016 1:47 PM

    E.D. didn’t talk, he let his actions speak for him. Take note Elliott.

  35. maestro1899 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    Love the hate from the PFT crowd…

    The guy put up 7-48 against Seattle’s first team defense in Seattle. And all but his first carry (for 3 yards) came AFTER Romo got hurt.

    Sure it’s preseason, but it’s not like Seattle’s first team defense wasn’t “trying”. They sure thought it was important to send a message to the Cowboys by being physical with them.

  36. 6superbowls says: Sep 8, 2016 2:03 PM

    Sure he’ll throw his coaches and teammates under the bus when he doesn’t rush for 1,000 like he did at THE Ohio State. Drama Queen…

  37. baseballiseasymoney says: Sep 8, 2016 2:06 PM

    What happened to the “Big John Football” guy? That comment always made me chuckle a bit.

  38. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:26 PM

    Hopefully he holds onto the ball better then Dickerson who always seemed to cough it up at the wrong time. That is why he is never mentioned or quickly dismissed when talking about the all time greats.

  39. bspurloc says: Sep 8, 2016 3:06 PM


    that O-LINE is so dominant,,,,
    I’m sure he will be injured by week 3.

  40. gpete1962 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:08 PM

    Dream On!!

  41. bspurloc says: Sep 8, 2016 3:11 PM


    Ray Lewis is coming out of retirement to adjust this boys shoulder bone count

  42. sidepull says: Sep 8, 2016 3:27 PM

    Flappng his bejabbers already and hasnt payed in a real game yet. Good luck with that rook.

  43. demskinsbaby says: Sep 8, 2016 10:17 PM

    So happy for Demarcus Ware. I’ve always liked him. I’m glad he got a Super Bowl ring after he realized he would never get one with Dallas.

  44. gmemm says: Sep 9, 2016 3:19 AM

    All u guys are clowns what is the problem with a guy with a lot of talent to aim high ? I just hope the coaches give him the touches he will need I say about 20 runs a game

  45. gmemm says: Sep 9, 2016 3:23 AM

    Clearly zek goes for 2089 yards rookie year

  46. johnnyballsack says: Sep 12, 2016 9:29 AM

    Sure, I can see him getting to 1,800 yards. At the current pace it would only take about 700 carries this season.

  47. johnnyballsack says: Sep 12, 2016 9:31 AM

    gmemm says:
    Sep 9, 2016 3:19 AM
    All u guys are clowns what is the problem with a guy with a lot of talent to aim high ? I just hope the coaches give him the touches he will need I say about 20 runs a game
    At the current pace 20 runs a game will only leave him about 1,000 yards short of the record.

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