Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith has taken to Twitter to welcome Ezekiel Elliott to the Dallas Cowboys family.
And the league’s all-time leading rusher didn’t hold temper his impressions on Elliott, telling a fan that he felt the Ohio State product is a better running back than he was coming into the NFL.
“I’ve heard about that and I’m honored that he believes that,” Elliott said at an introductory news conference on Friday at Valley Ranch.
“I got a lot to prove and for me to live up to that name it’s going to take a lot of work. I’m just ready to get that rookie minicamp in and get that started.”
Elliott expressed an interest in building a relationship with former Cowboy greats such as Smith and Tony Dorsett. That’s something he did in college and would like to carry over to his professional career.
“The best way to learn to be great is by going to pick those guys’ brains,” Elliott said. “So that’s what I’m going to do.”
Quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Darren McFadden have also been among those sharing kind words with Elliott on social media.
But it came as somewhat of a surprise as the one former Cowboy who reached out to Elliot on phone – DeMarco Murray.
The Cowboys are hoping Elliott gives them the type of production that Murray did in 2014 before he bolted in free agency following the season.
The message Murray gave Elliott?
“He said I am going to have a great team playing for coach [Jason] Garrett and [running backs coach Gary] Brown.”