For just the second time in franchise history, the Dallas Cowboys used a top-five pick to select a running back when the team chose Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Elliott, an elite three-down back who has the ability to excel in every aspect of his game, did not disappoint as a rookie, leading the NFL with 1,631 yards to become only the fifth rookie since the NFL merger to win the NFL rushing title. His 1,631 rushing yards - third by a rookie in NFL history - were aided by seven100-yard rushing games - tops by a rookie in team history - and he totaled 1,994 yards from scrimmage which was third by a rookie in league history. Elliott became the fourth rookie in Cowboys history to be named to the Pro Bowl, and only the fourth rookie, second running back, to be named All-Pro in franchise annals. He also took home FedEx Ground Player of the Year. Elliott possess a rare combination of size, speed and athleticism, and paired with one of the top offensive lines in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys should put forth a formidable ground assault for years to come.
- Started all 15 games he played, missing one (coach’s decision) and was tops in the NFL in rushing yards (1,631) and attempts (322), third with 15 touchdowns and third in scoring (96 points).
- Became the fifth rookie since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL in rushing, joining Earl Campbell, George Rogers, Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James.
- Second in the NFL - third by a rookie in league history - with 1,994 total scrimmage yards.
- Earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl, becoming the fourth club running back selected to the game. Along with Dak Prescott, the pair became the first two Dallas rookies to be selected to the game.
- Also named All-Pro first-team and the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
- Made his NFL debut as only the fourth Cowboys rookie running back to start a season opener and rushed 20 times for 51 yards with his first career touchdown against the N.Y. Giants (9/11).
- Rushed 21 times for 83 yards (4.0) and a touchdown - the first Cowboys rookie rusher to have a rushing touch- down in each of the first two games of his rookie season.
- Had his first career 100-yard game, rushing for 140 yards on 30 carries against Chicago (9/25). Is the 10th different Cowboys rookie to rush for 100 yards, and it was the 24th time a team rookie reached the mark. His 140 yards were eighth by a rookie in team history.
- Rushed 23 times for 138 yards (6.0) and a touchdown at San Francisco (10/2) to become the fourth rookie club rusher to log consecutive 100-yard games. Also became the fifth Cowboys rusher overall with back-to-back 125-yard games. Caught one pass for 19 yards.
- Rushed 15 times for 134 yards (8.9) with two touchdowns, including a career-long 60-yard jaunt for a score in the win over Cincinnati (10/9). It was his first multi-touchdown game - 21st by a Dallas rookie. His 546 yards through five games are the most by a club rookie, and he is the first club rookie with three consecutive 130-yard games - third NFL rookie (Eric Dickerson, 1983 and Mike Anderson, 2000). Also caught three passes for 32 yards.
- Had 157 yards - fourth by a Cowboys rookie rusher - on 28 carries (5.6). It was his fourth consecutive 100-yard game - first Cowboys rookie to four straight 100-yard outings - and the first NFL rookie rusher (11th overall back) to rush for at least 130 yards in four straight games.
- Rushed 22 times for 96 yards and caught four balls for 52 yards in the overtime win against Philadelphia (10/30).
- Had his second multi-touchdown game of the season, with two on 18 carries for 92 yards at Cleveland (11/16).
- Earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week, rushing for his fifth 100-yard game of the season at Pittsburgh (11/13), finishing with 114 yards and two touchdowns (his third multi-touchdown game of the season, second consecutive) on 21 carries. Both scores came in the final 2:00, making him the first player to score two touchdowns in the final 2:00 of a game since Ahmad Rashad in 1974. Also had two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown on an 83-yard screen pass, the second-longest scoring catch by a rookie in team history and the fifth-longest by a club running back. Became the first running back since Gale Sayers in 1965 to boast a 60-plus yard touchdown run and an 80-plus yard touchdown catch in a single season. Topped 1,000 rushing yards for the year, becoming only the third NFL rookie to reach the mark in his first nine games. His 209 scrimmage yards tied for fourth in club history and made him the sixth Dallas rookie to reach 200.
- Became the club’s all-time leading rookie rusher, passing Tony Dorsett (1,007) after rushing for 97 yards on 25 carries against Baltimore (11/20).
- Had two touchdowns and 97 yards on 20 carries on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (11/24) to become the fourth rookie in club history to reach 10 touchdowns - first since Emmitt Smith (1990). His 11 tied for third by a Dallas rookie, and he is the eighth different running back to reach 10, marking the 17th time in club history a back had 10-plus rushing scores. Also passed Smith for rush attempts by a rookie.
- In the Thursday night win at Minnesota (12/1), rushed 20 times for 86 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 19 yards to give him his ninth 100 scrimmage yard game - tied for third by a rookie since 2000. Led all rushers in the game among both teams for the 11th straight game and tied Dorsett and Herschel Walker for the most rushing touchdowns by a rookie (12).
- Rushed for his sixth 100-yard game of the season with 107 yards on 24 carries (4.5) at the N.Y. Giants (12/11). It was the 12th consecutive in which he led all rushers (both teams) and his 10th 100 scrimmage yard game - tied for sixth by an NFL rookie and tied for seventh in franchise history.
- Had a season-best 159 yards (fourth among rookies in team history) on 23 carries (6.9) with one touchdown against Tampa Bay (12/18). Became the second Cowboys rookie (Julius Jones) to post two 150-plus rushing yards games. It was his seventh 100-yard outing of the season and his 10th 100 scrimmage yard game - tied for third among NFL rookies. Became the club’s all-time leading rookie scorer (13 rushing touchdowns.
- Against Detroit (12/26) rushed 12 times for 80 yards (6.7) with two touchdowns, his club rookie record (tied for second by an NFL rookie) fifth multi-touchdown game of the season. Reached 15 rushing scores to pass Marion Barber (14, 2006) for fourth in a season in team history. Had a 55-yard rushing score - his second of 50-plus this season - to join Tyreek Hill as the only two players with multiple 50-plus yard touchdown runs on the season. Also edged Herschel Walker (14) for the most combined touchdowns by a Dallas rookie (16).
- In the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), became the fourth Cowboys rookie running back to start a postseason game and rushed 22 times (second by a rookie in Cowboys history) for 125 yards (third by a rookie in team history and ninth in NFL history).
- Started all 13 games he played as a junior and was the Big Ten Offensive Player and Running Back of the Year while earning first-team All-Big Ten honors, finishing eighth in Heisman Trophy voting and earning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award as the Big Ten MVP.
- Led the conference (sixth in the nation) with 140.1 rushing yards-per-game and led the Big Ten with 156.9 all-purpose yards-per-game, posting 2,040 total yards.
- As a sophomore was an All-Big Ten honorable mention, rushing for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns en route to the College Football Playoff national championship.
- His 1,878 yards were second in school history behind Eddie George’s 1,927 in 1995.
- Played in 11 games as a true freshman behind Carlos Hyde and rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries (8.7 avg.). Also caught three passes for 23 yards and his lone career receiving touchdown.
- Consensus four-star prospect, one of the top-100 national prospects and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year as a senior out of John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Mo.
- Rushed for 2,155 yards with 40 touchdowns and totaled 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns for the 13-1 Class 3 state runner-up as a senior.
- Won four state championships in a 2.5-hour span as part of the Burroughs track & field team, winning the 100-meter dash, 200, 110 high hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
- Majored in marketing at OSU.
- 2016-17 First Round Draft Picks Round Table at Draft Party.
- 2016 Rookie Club.
- 2016-17 Cowboys U High School Camp.
- 2016 My Cause My Cleats Campaign - SPCA of Texas.
- 2017 Reliant Home Run Derby benefiting the Salvation Army.
- Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
- Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.