In his rookie year with the Dallas Cowboys, running back Ezekiel Elliott has been tearing up defenses. Through nine games, the 21-year-old is leading the NFL with 1,005 rushing yards on 198 attempts—and he’s scored nine touchdowns. This is no surprise to those of us who watched him perform at Ohio State and in high school.
But in high school, Zeke wasn’t just a football player. He was an incredible three-sport athlete.
Elliott attended Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Missouri where he played football and basketball and ran track. Obviously, football was his main sport. He led his team to three state title games; and during his senior year, he gained 3,061 all-purpose yards and scored 50 touchdowns.
But Zeke was also very successful in the other two sports.
In track, he was named the Gatorade State Track Athlete of the Year for Missouri. He won four state track titles and had times of 10.95 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.05 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Those times translate to a 4.47 40-Yard Dash on the football field.
But we all know that Zeke is fast. So what about basketball?
Elliott stands only 6-feet, but had no problem getting up for slam dunks during his high school basketball days. Watch the highlight video below to see him use his quickness on the court.
Elliott’s athletic career proves that you don’t have to specialize in one sport to become great.