Michael Irvin: Ezekiel Elliott has to learn how big being a Cowboy is

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Hall of Fame Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin thinks there’s a special kind of scrutiny that comes with being a star player on the Dallas Cowboys, and Ezekiel Elliott needs to learn that.

Irvin said on KRLD that Elliott has to understand that the kind of attention he got as a star player in college will be dwarfed by the attention he’s getting now that he’s a star player in Dallas. Irvin said the incident in which Elliott pulled a woman’s top down in public demonstrated a kind of immaturity that isn’t acceptable for a Cowboys star.

“Not to ever make an excuse for anybody, but he’s a young guy,” Irvin said, via the Dallas Morning News. “And I don’t mind a guy having fun and all of that. But I need him to understand the enormity of everything surrounding him. I know Ohio State is huge, but the Dallas Cowboys are something different. Everything you do, anything you do . . . that’s going to get out, that’s going to be a story. And you have to try to stay away from that. As I was watching it, I remember when I first saw it . . . I checked my calendar. Is this Mardi Gras? When you watch it, you can see the wheels turning in his head . . . don’t do it; don’t do it. But he does it. He just has to be careful, man.”

Irvin had plenty of his own off-field problems during his time as a Cowboy, so some would say he has no standing to criticize Elliott. But perhaps Irvin is uniquely qualified to understand why Elliott needs to clean up his off-field act. There’s a perception around Elliott that he needs to grow up, and Irvin is only the latest to say so.

83 responses to “Michael Irvin: Ezekiel Elliott has to learn how big being a Cowboy is

  1. Pulling a woman’s top down in public isn’t acceptable as a Cowboys star? When did Irvin become such a scholar in philosophy?

  2. Irvin said the incident in which Elliott pulled a woman’s top down in public demonstrated a kind of immaturity that isn’t acceptable for a Cowboys star.

    LOL like Mikey is one to talk… What a JOKE!!

  3. He need to learn how to be an adult citizen. But NFL’s lenient policies always allow domestic violence by proposed super stars. It’s always all about the money.

  4. You didn’t think too much of being a Cowgirl when you were doing your drugs, did you, Michael?

  5. I have to give PFT commenters kudos for noting the irony of Irving giving Elliott advice on the precise things Irving screwed up on. Funny though that Irving doesn’t seem to realize that. #getIrvingofftheair

  6. There’s two ways to take Irvin’s comments:

    1) He’s a hypocrite.
    2) He’s in the best position of anyone to know.

    It’s obvious the majority of comments are going with #1.

  7. “Michael Irvin thinks there’s a special kind of scrutiny that comes with being a star player on the Dallas Cowboys,” If I remember right there were several Cowboys who didn’t understand this, including Irvin. during his time with the Boys. But that’s none of my business.

  8. what is this “he is a young guy” line?

    we heard the same garbage with mike vick
    and his hobby of torturing and murdering dogs

    enough with the excuses

  9. The Cowboys have always had an inflated sense of their own importance in the NFL hierarchy.

    At least when they were winning SBs 40 years ago you could understand their warped world view, but now as perennial also-rans and playoff chokers their self-importance is inexplicable.

  10. Hey Zeke, don’t listen to Michael. Whether you’re a Cowboy, Marketing exec or a construction worker, it’s not cool to pull a woman’s top down in public. I’m glad she was ok with it, but you need respect other people enough not to do that.

  11. Most talking heads will point out that Zeke needs to be smarter because everyone is watching him. How about this. No matter who matter who is watching, act like a grown man. Don’t pull this crap. He’s lucky that this woman was cool with it, otherwise he’d be looking at possible Sex Assault charges and Registering as a Predatory Offender. Not cool man

  12. MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 26, 2017 11:24 AM
    Being a Cowboy would be an even bigger thing if they’d quit calling themselves America’s Team.

    ———
    Being a Cowboy would be even bigger if they won a postseason game once in a while

  13. According to the majority of these posts, Elliot should ignore Michael Irvins advice simply because Irvin walked in the same shoes. So by that logic if someone who has spent time in prison gives you advice to keep you out of prison, you should ignore him?

  14. The Cowgirls haven’t won a Super Bowl in almost a quarter century. They aren’t as big as they think they are outside of Texas anymore.

  15. I think Irvin should throw in that Elliott needs to learn not to make the same mistakes that Irvin made.

    The message comes across more like a lecture when it should be sympathetic.

  16. I guess on a slow Sunday morning, a little humor never hurt anyone. We give you Michael Irvin, telling a young man how to behave. I have to admit, I’m still smiling. Actually I’m chuckling a little.

  17. Irvin was lucky he didn’t play in the age of the point and click internet, social media and cell phone cams.

    Orwell predicted this in the form of governmental surveillance, but in fact we are all “big brother”. Anyone who is engaged in bad behavior is going to get video’d in all likelihood. Any one of us can whip out their cell and literally seconds later have any video uploaded to youtube.

    Its amazing that athletes, politicians, actors and public figures of all kinds don’t seem to have figured this out yet.

  18. mullman76 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 11:56 AM
    @randy…: Give me a break.

    A disciple of the Lord?

    That’s rich.

    Go RAIDERS
    ——————————–

    And those he preaches to are disciples of the bored.

  19. Ha! Mike still trying to be a pain in the neck! How did the Dallas law enforcement not prosecute attempted murder? Pretty sure if I bullied a co-worker to the point of stabbing them in the neck with scissors, the courts would have locked me up for a decade or two regardless of whether my victim or colleague wanted to press charges.

  20. I’m truly amazed that Irvin doesn’t see the irony of his own statements. Let Elliot get caught with hookers and a pile of white powder and then start your lecture.

    Is there something in the Dallas drinking water that turns normal people into idiots?

  21. A smart thing to do would be to block out anything that comes out of Michael Irvin’s mouth. There’s only ever been a couple bigger douche bags in the game than Michael Irvin.

  22. mackcarrington says:
    According to the majority of these posts, Elliot should ignore Michael Irvins advice simply because Irvin walked in the same shoes. So by that logic if someone who has spent time in prison gives you advice to keep you out of prison, you should ignore him?
    —-
    You can twist it that way if you wish. Show me one post that said Ezekiel Elliott should “ignore” Michael Irvin’s advice.
    People here are calling out Irvin for his hypocrisy. We might cut Irvin some slack had he said something like, “hey, I made those same mistakes and I’m warning you from experience that there are serious consequences.” But he didn’t. He merely dispensed advice like some wise oracle without ever owning up to his own (to date) far worse behavior.
    No one is telling Elliott to ignore the message. We’re just here to shoot the messenger.

  23. Dudes living in the past. Dallas is just another franchise- nothing special.

    ———–
    I actually despise the Cowboys fan base. But let’s be real, they’re #1 in Networth and merchandise sales. Dallas is not just another franchise.
    But I still agree that 85% of their fans couldn’t find Dallas on a map and are bandwagon riders.

  24. Seems more like the inverse. Someone needs to mention to Elliott that he isn’t in the OSU “leadership” program anymore where everybody is already clued in to cover up the behavior.

  25. For everyone saying Irvin shouldn’t talk because he did it too… that’s why programs like Scared Straight are so successful. No one can get through to a young adult like someone whose permanent address is now 271 Graybar Hotel Road. Yes, Irvin did it too – but he also knows what he had to do to overcome those mistakes to get where he is now.

  26. unkleruckus says:
    Mar 26, 2017 3:14 PM

    85% of their fans couldn’t find Dallas on a map and are bandwagon riders.
    ————————————————————-
    Huh? Bandwagon implies that fans start to follow the team only when it is winning, which obviously makes no sense in this case as the Cowboys haven’t won squat for decades.

  27. It took Mike a long time to see the error of his ways. Time has a way of providing clarity, unfortunately, it’s not readily available as an option when you are young.

  28. Remember Zeke, when going to court to fight off these ridiculous charges, always wear a full length, mink stole. It’s The Cowboy Way!

    Your Role Model,

    THE PLAY MAKER!!!!

  29. Irvin must be old enough to use the tried and true, “I don’t recall anything” defense.

  30. The only thing LESS relevant than belonging to the mediocre Cowboys – is being Michael Irvin.
    Surprised Jerry Jones allows this coked out has-been to speak for his team – but then Jones is just a sad, rich old man.

  31. I think the bearded jerk is doing a fine job of living up to the Cowboy way – the fact that he has yet to enter prison is the only thing he really hasn’t done to be a typical Cowboy.

  32. For you Michael Irvin haters.
    He has made mistakes that is why he is qualified to tell zeke stop the silliness.
    How can somebody who hasn’t made one single mistake tell the young guy something..
    My bad all of you are perfect

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