ARLINGTON, Texas – The students at Pearcy Elementary knew they were in for a treat when players wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys walked into their gymnasium Monday for a Play60 Youth event in Arlington.
But while this was the first regular-season outing for the Cowboys Rookie Club, which does monthly community events throughout the season, it had a little more name recognition this time around.
It's not every year the Cowboys have a starting quarterback and running back among the rookie class. Needless to say Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were big hits among the kids, who participated in football drills for about an hour.
One of the students even told the P.E. teacher that he's "not ever washing his hand again" after high-fiving Elliott after a catch.
The event kicked off a full week of NFL Play 60 events for the Cowboys this week. The league initiative is to get kids up and active for at least 60 minutes a day. This is the first time the Cowboys have been able to promote Play 60 for a full week, prompting five events that include rookies, alumni, cheerleaders and the mascot, Rowdy, to participate in a variety of events that encourage youth health and wellness.
In this event, the kids were able to take handoffs, snap the ball, and throw passes with the entire Cowboys rookie class, including the two starters, but also drafted players such as Jaylen Smith, Maleik Collins, Anthony Brown and Rico Gathers, who is currently on the Cowboys' practice squad.
"To be able to come to the schools and give back is special," Prescott said. "Just to see their faces is pretty awesome."
Elliott said he embraces the idea of being a role model, even though he's still a rookie in the NFL.
"Kids look up to us and they follow what we do," Elliott said. "It's fun to come here and get their support. They love the game and they love football."
The Cowboys rookies team up with NFL Play 60 to serve local youth in the community.