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Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott tired of hearing about Eric Dickerson

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is off to a record-setting start.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is off to a record-setting start. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Ezekiel Elliott is tired of hearing about Eric Dickerson.

“Uh, we’re going to start these Eric Dickerson questions again?” Elliott groaned this week when asked how much he knew about Dickerson.

Elliott better get used to it.

Elliott leads the league with 703 rushing yards, 116 yards more than Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy. Elliott, with a 117.2 yards per game average, is on pace for 1,875 yards. That would break the league’s rookie mark of 1,808 yards that Dickerson had in 1983.

“I’ve seen plenty of Eric Dickerson highlights,” Elliott said, without elaborating.

Elliott would rather talk about Doug Free, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Ron Leary and Tyron Smith than he would Dickerson.

“Because it’s not important,” Elliott said of the rookie record. “You guys want to write stories about the rookie rushing record, and it’s about this team, honestly. It’s not about a record. That’s not what we’re focused on. We’re a team, and honestly I don’t want any attention being put towards that. It should be about this team, and it should be about these guys. It should be about our relationship. It shouldn’t be about records.”

But, he was asked, isn’t a rushing record about the whole team and for the whole team? Doesn’t it speak volumes about what the offense as a whole has accomplished?

“It would be, because it takes 11 guy. It would be our record,” Elliott said.

Elliott’s highlight so far isn’t any of his five touchdown rushes or his 60-yard run. Instead, it was Lance Dunbar’s first career touchdown.

“One of my top football moments of my career was when LD scored his touchdown and did his celebration and all the running backs were on the sideline doing the celebration,” Elliott said. “That was probably the most fun moment of the season for me.”

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