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Five Fun Facts About Cowboys 2016 First Round Pick Ezekiel Elliott

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 2, 2016

Ezekiel Elliott was the highest rated running back available in the 2016 NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys didn’t wast any time selecting him. When Dallas picked Ezekiel Elliott in the draft, using the fourth overall pick to do so, it showed how highly they thought of this great player out of Ohio State University. Here is a look at five fun facts about this highly touted young running back.

Ezekiel Elliott’s High School Stats

Ezekiel Elliott was a star running back for John Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri. As a junior, he ran for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns. As a senior, his total rushing yards rose to 2,155 and he scored 40 touchdowns on the ground.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Best College Football Game

Ezekiel Elliott’s best college football game came in 2015 against Indiana when he carried the ball 23 times for 274 yards, an average of 11.9 yards per carry, and three touchdowns.

Jumping Ezekiel Elliott

At the 2016 NFL Combine held before the NFL Draft, Ezekiel Elliott was measured to have a 32.5 inch vertical leap and a broad jump of nine feet 10 inches.

Ezekiel Elliott Finished 8th in Heisman Voting

In 2015, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott finished in 8th place in voting for the Heisman Trophy. The seven players finishing ahead of him were Dalvin Cook of Florida State, Leonard Fournette of LSU, Keenan Reynolds of Navy, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, and the winner, Derrick Henry of Alabama.

How Many First Round Running Backs Have The Cowboys Drafted?

The Dallas Cowboys had selected seven running backs in the NFL Draft, prior to taking Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Those seven players were Calvin Hill in 1969, Duane Thomas in 1970, Bill Thomas in 1972, Charley Young in 1974, Tony Dorsett in 1977, Emmitt Smith in 1990, and Felix Jones in 2008.

Denver Broncos Fun Fact Graphic – Running Backs

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on October 7, 2015

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C.J. Anderson Denver Broncos Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on February 11, 2015

C.J. Anderson Fun Facts

DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys Fun Fact Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 24, 2014

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Adrian Peterson First Ten NFL Touches – Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on September 24, 2014

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Atlanta Falcons Running Backs Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on September 23, 2014

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5 Fun Facts About Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 13, 2014

Ray Rice broke into the NFL as a rookie out of Rutgers University in 2008. He made an immediate impression and in very short time made his move up the ranks and by the second season was named the starting running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He and quarterback Joe Flacco became the face of the Ravens’ offense, eventually leading the team to a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.

Here are five fun facts about Ray Rice.

No Wonder They Drafted Him

Ray Rice was timed with a 4.37 second 40 yard dash, had a 39.5 inch vertical leap, and turned in a 10 foot and one inch broad jump at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine held prior to the NFL Draft.

What’s in a Number?

Prior to wearing #27, which he has worn throughout his NFL career, Ray Rice wore jersey #39 during preseason of his rookie year. When cornerback Ronnie Prude was cut it freed up number 27 which Rice had worn in college.

Per Carry? Are You Serious?!?

In a 2009 win over Detroit, Ray Rice carried the ball 13 times for 166 yards which gave him a per carry average of 12.77 yards.

First Touchdowns!

Ray Rice’s first NFL touchdown came on a nine yard run in a win over the Browns in 2009. His first playoff touchdown came on an 83 yard run in a win over the Patriots following the 2009 season.

Finally!

In a loss to the Bengals on December 29, 2013 in the last game of the 2013 regular season, Ray Rice scored the very first two point conversion of his NFL career.

Dallas Cowboys Fun Fact & Trivia Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on August 8, 2014

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Five Fun Facts About Pierre Thomas Of The New Orleans Saints

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 20, 2014

Pierre Thomas has been a reliable player for the New Orleans Saints for a number of years. He is a hard runner who can power through the line when needed and even break away from would be tacklers too. He has been a valuable part of the organization for a number of years.

Early Bloomer!

Pierre Thomas played four years at running back for the University of Illinois. His best season was his sophomore year when he accumulated 893 yards.

Unexpected Touchdown

The first TD Pierre Thomas ever scored in the NFL came on special teams when he returned a fumble five yards for the score in a 2007 Saints win over the Seahawks.

The Very First Carry

In a Saints loss to the Panthers in 2007, Pierre Thomas gained three yards on the very first rushing attempt of his career. This was also the only carry he had during the game.

Century Mark

The first 100 yard game Pierre Thomas had in the NFL came in the last game of his rookie season in 2007. In a Saints loss to the Bears, Thomas carried the ball 20 times for 105 yards. This was also his first 100 yard receiving game as he caught 12 passes that day for 121 yards.

A Half Dozen

Six of the first 12 touchdowns Pierre Thomas scored in the NFL were scored in the fourth quarter.

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