If you're still a little bummed that the Cowboys are out of the playoffs, then this week's Pro Bowl should help lift your spirits. The 'Boys sent seven players down to Orlando to participate in all the events leading up to the game on Sunday (7 p.m. CST).
Thursday was the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown with the NFC squaring off against the AFC. There were many fun challenges including a "Best Hands" competition, a "Drone Drop" competition where players had to catch a football dropped by a drone at about 125 feet (the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. won that), a "Power Relay Challenge" and more.
The Cowboys had two players competing in the events, rookie tandem Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.
Elliott was up first in the "Power Relay Challenge". In this event, competitors had to show off their strength with three of the NFC's strongest players lifting walls, pulling concrete and pushing a 700-pound sled. After they completed the course it was Zeke's turn to take the ball and sprint as fast as he could through a "brick" wall (don't worry, Cowboys fans, the bricks were made out of Styrofoam).
Here's what that looked like:
The NFC recorded the fastest time through the course and won this challenge to bring the competition to a tie with both the NFC and AFC winning one challenge.
Then it was Dak's turn. Dak took part in the "Precision Passing" competition against veteran names like the Saints' Drew Brees and the Chargers' Philip Rivers. Prescott went for the toughest targets to begin with which hurt his overall score. He still managed to squeak out 11 points at the end of it and he looked like he was having a great time in the process!
The final competition of the day was the dodgeball game where all the AFC guys went up against all the NFC guys. The NFC looked sharp throughout and had a huge advantage knocking out all the AFC players except for the Colts' T.Y. Hilton. Hilton held his own for awhile until a familiar face took him out and won the whole competition for the NFC.
We all know Zeke could run, but who knew he had such an arm?!
The Cowboys' other five Pro Bowlers – Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee and Dez Bryant – didn't participate in the skills competition but have made their presences known at all of this week's practices.
Stay tuned for the Pro Bowl game in Orlando Sunday night on ESPN.