Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott is a “bright soul” with a “wonderful heart”

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that Ezekiel Elliott‘s off-field choices were drawing scrutiny.

The Cowboys running back has generated headlines this offseason but only the positive kind. He took a selfie with a young fan hit by a puck at a Dallas Stars NHL playoff game. He participated in leadership drills with teammates in North Carolina. He appeared at Emmitt Smith’s charity event.

Elliott appears all grown up with a big contract to sign, embracing the spotlight instead of cursing it.

“I think that Zeke has always had a wonderful heart,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday at the groundbreaking of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge in Dallas, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “These players can see through anybody. All you got to do is go in locker room, and you’ll see that Zeke is inspirational. Zeke is inspirational with not only what he does on the field, but what he does in the locker room. He’s a bright soul, I call him.

“There was really no doubt that some of those things that frankly reflect just a spirit of positiveness, a spirit of being alive, those kind of things took some adjusting.”

Elliott served a six-game suspension in 2017 for violating the personal conduct policy after fighting the NFL in court. Since then, Elliott has done the most good, including raising money for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign during the holidays.

“I didn’t have any of that problem when I was in my late teens and early 20s,” Jones said facetiously, “but some do, and we have to grow out of that.”

The Cowboys exercised the fifth-year option on Elliott’s contract, putting him under contract through the 2020 season, but he wants a long-term deal. That isn’t likely to occur before Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper get new contracts, though.

13 responses to “Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott is a “bright soul” with a “wonderful heart”

  1. Tyreke Hill is a Saint compared to Ezekiel.
    Why isnt the world and this site condemning Jerry?

  2. Jerrah, when Brady offered phone logs instead of his phone (which the NFL has accepted in ALL other player conduct cases because the CBA protects the actual phones), you said it proved Brady must be guilty of many things and be suspended (as did Goodell after rejecting Brady’s offer). Yet when Zeke offered logs instead of his phone (and Goodell accepted them) you backed Zeke up and said it proved he had nothing to hide.

    Yet those logs turned out to have been totally redacted by Zeke (of any of his contacts with the woman) before he handed them over, which is partly why Zeke was still suspended. Yet you still claimed it was a witch hunt, and still proclaim your boy is golden hearted and call all your other bad eggs “leaders”. Which is why not only do I think you’re a terrible GM and a selfish, vain and petty sore loser, but also a massive hypocrite and someone without any shred of decency.

  3. I think this proves that Jerry Jones is losing his marbles. Time to turn the operations to anyone with a pulse because they could do a better job.

  4. Some just can’t stand the fact that Jerry & family took Dallas by storm. Go Dallas Cowboys!!!!

  5. I could see Zeke walking at some stage… with the draft resources and money the Cowboys like to sink into their O line they could easily look to draft a 2nd-4th round RB and plug in him in there instead.

    Zeke deserves to get paid… just can’t see the Cowboys being the ones to stump up the big bucks.

    Beautiful heart = ploy to try and force a team discount through.

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