Cowboys legends want Ezekiel Elliott to stop with the hurdling

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rookie season stood out — even for a franchise which has produced a number of big-time backs.

But those Cowboys legends also had a word of advice for the eager young back — stop trying to hurdle people.

He better stop that. He better stop that. He better stop that,” Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “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….”

Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, echoed that sentiment, saying he cringes when he sees Elliott up in the air.

“Get on the ground as quickly as possible,” Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith said. “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.”

Elliott was a high school hurdler, and it became a bit of a signature move last season. And while the old guys might get a little nervous, they might also worrying about some of their franchise rushing records.

Elliott led the league in rushing (1,631 yards) and scored 15 touchdowns last year, eclipsing the rookie numbers set by Smith (937) and Dorsett (1,007) when they were rookies.

They also never used their leaping ability to jump into a giant Salvation Army kettle at the end of a touchdown run. No matter what any old guy says, Elliott should never stop doing that, because it was awesome, that’s why.

15 responses to “Cowboys legends want Ezekiel Elliott to stop with the hurdling

  1. I highly doubt that Smith of Dorsett are worried about any of their records and would congratulate Zeek if/when he might break them. As for the jumping in the kettle, I agree, that was awesome!

  2. Jahvid Best tried to hurdle a defender for a TD in college at CAL. He was launched about 8 feet in the air and landed on his head, knocking him out cold and ending his college career. I get that these players are incredibly athletic and jumping over a diving defender sometimes works, but the consequences when it goes wrong can be terrible.

  3. “Get on the ground as quickly as possible,” Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith said. “Every time I watch somebody run, I’m looking very closely, very tentatively,

    “tentatively”??? How do you do that? Emmett still doing word salads.

  4. No matter what any old guy says, Elliott should never stop doing that, because it was awesome, that’s why.
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    Old guy? With age and experience, things you don’t have, comes wisdom. A running back is totally defenseless while flying in the air. You can’t evade anyone flying in the air. The “old guys” are correct.

  5. I have to disagree with one of my favorite players of all time. Emmitt nor Tony are wrong, but I have to say that the game has changed since they roamed the sidelines. Runners have to have multiple skill sets and be able to mix power, speed and elusiveness, constantly changing to keep defenders on their toes. Defenders are bigger stronger and faster then ever before, but Zeke is built to handle that and his techniques are truly brilliant.

  6. We know RB’s have short shelf lives. Let their star shine as bright as possible for as long as possible. AP trucking defenders probably took some long-term toll on his career, but his career would be near the end now anyway with his age and those memorable highlights have made him legendary.

    It was foolish to think AP would break Emmitt’s record. No RB will be able to stick around long enough to break Emmitt’s record in today’s NFL, so I’d rather they make the absolute most of the carries they get.

  7. I cannot imagine in today’s NFL, with career longevity growing ever shorter, Emmit Smith is worried about Elliott getting to 18,000 career rushing yards. That record will never be broker. And Smith did a very good job of protecting his body from excessive hits.

  8. Once Marion Barber approves, Zeke should stop immediately. That guy is probably the best example of how quickly a talented running back can be out of the league.

  9. And then along comes that one time when the defender reacts quickly enough to flip him mid-flight and a second and/or third defender hits him in the air and he lands wrong and injures himself severely then how pretty will it be????

  10. I think it would be hard to stop. You are reacting to a moment in time. It’s not like you’re running down the field thinking “I’m gonna hurdle this next tackler”.

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