Ezekiel Elijah Elliott, nicknamed “Zeke,” was born on July 22, 1995, and is a free-agent American football running back.
In 2015, he was voted second-team All-America at Ohio State University.
Elliott was selected fourth overall by the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft.
He led the league in running yards in 2016 and 2018, as a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro pick.
Early life and Education
Ezekiel Elliott was born in Alton, Illinois, on July 22, 1995.
He was up in an athletic family, with his father, Stacy Elliott, a former Missouri football linebacker.
Elliott went to John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri, and participated in football, basketball, and track.
He was an outstanding high school football player, rushing for nearly 3,000 yards and 50 touchdowns his senior year.
Ezekiel was widely sought by institutions across the country before deciding on Ohio State University.
Elliot Ezekiel continued his football career at Ohio State, becoming one of the top running backs in the country.
He was voted the game’s Offensive MVP after helping lead the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014.
During his stay at Ohio State, Elliott also set multiple school milestones, including the single-season rushing record of 1,878 yards in 2014.
Elliott declared for the NFL Draft after his junior year at Ohio State.
Ezekiel Elliott became the Dallas Cowboys’ starting running back after being picked fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
He led the NFL in rushing yards in his rookie season with 1,631 yards and was voted the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Elliott’s success continued in his second season, as he rushed for 983 yards and scored seven touchdowns in just ten games before serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Ezekiel had another fantastic season in 2018, rushing for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns.
He was also selected to his second Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro.
Elliott has remained a standout performance for the Cowboys, earning Pro Bowl nods in 2019 and 2020.
He had ran for over 8,000 yards and scored 56 touchdowns in his career as of the end of the 2021 season.
After signing his rookie contracts, Elliott bought a new house for his parents, Dawn and Stacy Elliott.
He studied marketing at Ohio State University.
Off the field, Elliott has been involved in humanitarian activity, including support for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign and the establishment of the Ezekiel Elliott Foundation, which focuses on assisting needy families and children.
Elliott is also known for his fashion sense, and he has his own clothing line, “Huge,” which incorporates streetwear-inspired designs.