Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott got off to a somewhat pedestrian start to the 2016 NFL season, and though he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, it felt like we were still waiting to see him break loose and put on a performance similar to one of countless thrashings he regularly gave opponents at Ohio State.
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Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, Zeke had his official coming out party. Rushing for 140 yards on 30 carries, Elliott and the Cowboys went up big against the Bears early and ate up the clock to win 31-17.
In the third quarter, Elliott did something especially dope: he beautifully hurdled a Bears defender who attempted to tackle him low. It was awesome—even more impressive when you remember that Elliott was a state champion in track & field (including the 110 hurdles) at John Burroughs High School in Missouri.
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In the above video, Elliott absolutely smokes his competition, finishing well ahead of the pack at the 2013 Missouri State Finals. Elliott actually won four state titles that day, which is pretty insane.
Looks like he’s retained his hurdling abilities pretty well.