Ezekiel Elliott was surprised to learn that his former coach at Ohio State Urban Meyer is retiring after the Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl.
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The Dallas Cowboys running back was the star player when Meyer’s Buckeyes beat Oregon to win the 2014 National Championship game at AT&T Stadium.
“Coach Meyer has had a great career and he’s done great things at Florida and Ohio State University,” Elliott said. “He’s changed so many young men’s lives.”
Elliott said he’ll wait a week or two to reach out by phone to wish his old coach all the best.
“We obviously shared very special moment. He’s done a lot of great things,” he said. “I congratulate him for having a successful career. I don’t like to hit the guy the same day because everyone is hitting him that day. I’ll make sure I give him a call in a couple weeks when things have calmed down.”
The No. 6 Buckeyes play No. 9 Washington on Jan. 1.