Ezekiel Elliott is one of the biggest names and most feared offensive weapons in the NFL. He is the star of the Dallas Cowboys and probably one of the superstars of his generation. In fact, in his first season as a pro, he rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. This earned him a Pro Bowl, All-Pro honors and powered his team to the playoffs. So, here is everything you need to know about one of the faces of the historic Dallas Cowboys franchise.
Early Life and Career
Ezekiel Elijah Elliott was born on July 22, 1995, in Alton, Illinois. He was born in a family of athletes and is the son of Dawn Huff and Stacy Elliott. His mother took part in three sports and was a high school state champion, while his father played college football with the Missouri Tigers football team of the University of Missouri as a linebacker. What’s more, his maternal grandfather played basketball for Drake University. Elliott has two sisters, Aaliyah and Lailah.
Elliott attended the John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri. There he used to play baseball, football, and basketball. He also played in the John Burroughs Bombers football team which played in three championship games. During that time, he was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year 2012.
He enrolled in the Ohio State University in 2013 to study marketing and finished his studies in 2015. Since the beginning of his college years, Elliot rushed 262 yards on 30 carries and secured two touchdowns in the season as a backup to first-team pick Carlos Hyde. After Hyde departed, Elliot became a starter and rushed recorded 246 yards on 36 carries with four touchdowns.
On May 18, 2016, Elliot signed a $24.9 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He has been part of the team since then.
Elliot’s four-year contract was worth $24,956,341 with a fully guaranteed $24,956,341. The contracts included a $16,350,066 signing bonus. Back in 2016, he got $450,000 while his base salary grew over the years. Hence, his base salary was $1,584,379 in 2017, $2,718,859 in 2018 and it is expected to be $3,853,137 in 2019.
Nevertheless, he was banned for the opening six games of the 2017 NFL season and thus, his salary suffered. The league office conducted an investigation because Elliot was accused of domestic violence. The six games suspension allegedly cost him just over $1.4 million.
Ezekiel Elliott’s Net Worth 2018
Elliott’s net worth is reported to stand at around $12 million. Besides earning from his salary, he also earns from marketing. In fact, he is considered to be one of the most marketable figures in the sport. In the period between March 2016 to February 2017, he was on the top of the list of merchandise sales amongst all players in his rookie year.
During the 2016 season, Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards with a huge 1,631 figure. Then, he averaged 108.7 yards per game at an average of 5.1 yards per carrying. In 2017, besides the setback, he nearly hit 1,000 yards. When he was a college student at the Ohio State University, Elliot rushed 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns on the ground.
Just in the first two NFL seasons, Elliot caught 58 passes for 632 yards and 3 touchdowns. As a result, he is famous for his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. His ability has been widely included in his team’s game plan for 2018.
Elliott’s current status is single. However, he hasn’t been totally void of love. He used to date Tiffany Thompson, who works at a nightclub in Ohio. Nevertheless, the relationship wasn’t only unsuccessful, but he was also accused of being violent. As a result, Elliot was put under an investigation by the BFL and missed the first six games at the beginning of the 2017 season.
Even though Elliot appealed numerous times against the ban, it was unsuccessful. After this incident, he has kept a low profile regarding his love life. Recently, he has been linked to a girl called Halle Woodard but no news has been heard since 2017.