Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received hurdling critiques from a couple of Olympians after he leaped over a Chicago Bears defensive back.
Dawn Harper-Nelson and Lolo Jones both tweeted to Elliott, applauding his effort and offering tips. Elliott retweeted both. Harper-Nelson won gold and silver medals in the 100-meter hurdles, while Jones is a three-time Olympian.
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“Oh, yeah, it was pretty funny kind of to see their response from that,” Elliott said. “It was fun.”
Elliott hurdled safety Chris Prosinski in the fourth quarter, gaining 14 yards. The former Ohio State star said coaches did not issue a warning afterward.
“I mean, honestly jumping over people can be dangerous, but I think it’s better to jump over someone than take a shot in the knee or take a shot in the league and get your thighs bruised,” Elliott said. “I think just putting it on film to DBs that I have the ability to go up and over them, it hesitates them when they’re coming to tackle me. They can’t just automatically shoot for my legs, they’ve got to hesitate, and that’s going to make it easier for me to break guys down.”
Elliott’s mother tweeted his “hurdling gene comes from mamma!” His mother, Dawn, competed in the hurdles at Missouri. Elliott was a high school state champion in the hurdles.
Asked who the better hurdler in the family is, Elliott said, “Definitely me.”
Elliott, who finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, said he was feeling better Wednesday after two days of working out the soreness.
“I feel good. I was a little bit sore as expected a couple of days after,” he said. “After working out [Tuesday], doing a little bit of jogging and going through practice today, I feel pretty good.”