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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.

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83 Responses to “Michael Irvin: Ezekiel Elliott has to learn how big being a Cowboy is”
  1. dontstabmeray says: Mar 26, 2017 11:13 AM

    Says the crackhead

  2. jag1959 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:14 AM

    If camera phones and social media existed when Irvin was in his heyday no one would even remember his name now.

  3. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 26, 2017 11:17 AM

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

  4. packmangamble says: Mar 26, 2017 11:17 AM

    Pot meet kettle!

  5. trentdilfer08 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:17 AM

    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!!

  6. bigoldred says: Mar 26, 2017 11:18 AM

    Stabbing your teammate in the neck = OK
    Pulling a woman’s top down = not OK
    Now you know.

  7. j huber says: Mar 26, 2017 11:20 AM

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. polegojim says: Mar 26, 2017 11:26 AM

    I like Michael… but he made him look like a boob with that statement.

  10. mickmars says: Mar 26, 2017 11:30 AM

    And Michael Irvin needs to learn that nobody cares what he thinks….

  11. patfic5 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:33 AM

    He’s right. Give that man the scissors.

  12. pgolf3 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:36 AM

    Yo, Mike you still dont know what it is to not be a bum do ya

  13. bondlake says: Mar 26, 2017 11:36 AM

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

  14. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 26, 2017 11:38 AM

    A little respect for Deacon Irvin here, he is now a disciple of the Lord.
    Much ❤ Brother Michael.

  15. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Mar 26, 2017 11:39 AM

    Lol

  16. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 26, 2017 11:40 AM

    You know you are out of control when a crackhead is saying you need to grow up.

  17. eatme2259 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:40 AM

    America’s team, SMH

    Signed,

    America’s man.

    That’s what I named myself and expect all of you to call me that.

  18. jackedupboonie says: Mar 26, 2017 11:41 AM

    It’s gotten flat ridiculous just how everything people in the big lights are watched over.

  19. babygaga19 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:41 AM

    What a joke! Hey Playmaker, what time does The Whitehouse open today? How’s the powder and ladies of the night? Are the scissors put away?

  20. kegowhisky says: Mar 26, 2017 11:42 AM

    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

  21. skittlesareyum says: Mar 26, 2017 11:43 AM

    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.

  22. gergie1957 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:43 AM

    “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.

  23. babygaga19 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:45 AM

    Please remove this self promotional gas bag from tv. He adds nothing!

  24. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Mar 26, 2017 11:45 AM

    dontstabmeray says:
    Mar 26, 2017 11:13 AM
    Says the crackhead

    How many crack heads you know is in the hall of fame & worth $15 million?

    Yea troll else where dude…PS Go Raiders Go Spurs!!!

  25. ocdn says: Mar 26, 2017 11:45 AM

    Elliot is proving to be a typical Cowboy off the field……..embarrassing……..

  26. tylawspick6 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:48 AM

    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

  27. ejm845 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:49 AM

    SAYS THE GUY SNORTING LINES OFF HIS HELMET AT HALF TIME

  28. agent7x6 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:51 AM

    I remain stunned that Michael Irvin has a high profile media presence, essentially representing the NFL.

  29. walker1191 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:51 AM

    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.

  30. uncommon1 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:54 AM

    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.

  31. mullman76 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:56 AM

    @randy…: Give me a break.

    A disciple of the Lord?

    That’s rich.

    Go RAIDERS

  32. uncommon1 says: Mar 26, 2017 11:59 AM

    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

  33. nhpats says: Mar 26, 2017 12:00 PM

    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

  34. cabosan1978 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:01 PM

    Go away bro

  35. mackcarrington says: Mar 26, 2017 12:03 PM

    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?

  36. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 26, 2017 12:04 PM

    He needs some milk….

  37. nsawins says: Mar 26, 2017 12:08 PM

    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.

  38. hehateme2 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:08 PM

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

  39. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:15 PM

    #jail

  40. bullcharger says: Mar 26, 2017 12:16 PM

    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.

  41. curmudgeon13 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:19 PM

    Do as I say, not as I do…..

  42. sychosam28 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:19 PM

    Save the Drama Michael!

  43. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2017 12:20 PM

    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.

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:21 PM

    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.

  45. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 26, 2017 12:22 PM

    Really Micheal?? Snort snort

  46. biggs13 says: Mar 26, 2017 12:24 PM

    Role model.

  47. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 26, 2017 12:35 PM

    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.

  48. kingpel says: Mar 26, 2017 12:40 PM

    Can you imagine if cellphones and social media existed during the 80’s? Oh my God.

  49. streetyson says: Mar 26, 2017 12:57 PM

    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.

  50. brucejennerhasmoresacksthanyou says: Mar 26, 2017 12:59 PM

    What’s next? Josh Brent driving tips, How to remodel a house with Dez Bryant, or The secret to running a successful business with Nate Newton.

  51. theaveragecharlie says: Mar 26, 2017 1:10 PM

    I love this kind of article. It brings out the best of peoples’ creativity. Keep publishing the Cowboy way of life philosophy.

  52. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 1:13 PM

    Hey Michel, i like ur deamons too!

  53. conormacleod says: Mar 26, 2017 1:28 PM

    Do any of these guys even own a mirror? This was just to easy…

  54. whatjusthapped says: Mar 26, 2017 1:30 PM

    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?

  55. conantb says: Mar 26, 2017 1:35 PM

    Arrested for Coke and Pot possesion. Assaulted a team mate. 4 years probation!
    Do as I say, not as I did!

    Hypocrite!

  56. GenXJay says: Mar 26, 2017 1:36 PM

    Remember how many crimimals “the U” produced?
    Yeah, Michael was one of the many.

  57. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Mar 26, 2017 1:56 PM

    Irvin never misses a chance to blow his own horn

  58. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 26, 2017 2:08 PM

    something about a black kettle comes to mind

  59. greymares says: Mar 26, 2017 2:43 PM

    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.

  60. thirdand43 says: Mar 26, 2017 2:53 PM

    Irvin is extremely knowledgeable about “mistakes” since he made every single one them at least once.

  61. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:05 PM

    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.

  62. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:09 PM

    Do as I say not as I do huh? Cocaine and party houses were SOP. What a phony.

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

    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.

  64. johnny07022 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:15 PM

    Micheal is spot correct but his past makes him a hypocrite rather than right.

  65. forthegoodofthegame says: Mar 26, 2017 3:38 PM

    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.

  66. meadowlandssports says: Mar 26, 2017 3:51 PM

    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.

  67. walker1191 says: Mar 26, 2017 4:02 PM

    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.

  68. donbat67 says: Mar 26, 2017 4:08 PM

    He has an empty house you can use to get away .

  69. mojodoa says: Mar 26, 2017 4:12 PM

    Stop piling on the young man. He’s living la vida loca.

  70. nyneal says: Mar 26, 2017 5:07 PM

    The pot calling the pot black. No pun intended.

  71. 'boys4life says: Mar 26, 2017 5:17 PM

    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.

  72. babygaga19 says: Mar 26, 2017 5:18 PM

    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!!!!

  73. knew8411 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:14 PM

    How many times was Irvin tagged for drug use?
    This is like “do as I say, not as I do.”

  74. jrbtoo says: Mar 26, 2017 6:25 PM

    Michael has to remember that being a cowboy was big in the 90’s a long long time ago

  75. allseeingone says: Mar 26, 2017 6:42 PM

    Being a Cowboy means believing you are a lot better than you actually are.

  76. 8oneanddones says: Mar 26, 2017 6:46 PM

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

  77. formerworldchamps says: Mar 26, 2017 6:57 PM

    Hard to hear advice from the COCAINE KID!!

  78. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 9:28 PM

    Ted Thompson will sign you appon an arrest!

  79. bradygirl12 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:15 PM

    What Elliott did is unacceptable as a Dallas Cowboy? It’s unacceptable as a human being. Irvin’s record is nothing to write home about, either.

  80. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 27, 2017 8:54 AM

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

    A disciple of the Lord?

    That’s rich.

    No mullman, that’s sarcasm…

  81. bwonka says: Mar 27, 2017 3:07 PM

    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.

  82. laserw says: Mar 27, 2017 3:55 PM

    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.

  83. fanme2 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:37 AM

    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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