The Cowboys used the fourth-overall pick in last year’s draft on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and he played a huge role in turning the team around from 4-12 to 13-3.
Former Cowboys running back Herschel Walker, who was honored with the Doak Walker Legacy Award on Saturday, thinks that backs like Elliott and this year’s Doak Walker winner Texas running back D’Onta Foreman are making running backs fashionable again, Adam Grosbard of the Dallas Morning News reports.
“They are and that’s what we talked about yesterday,” Walker said as he looked over at Foreman. “Even though they talk about the West Coast offense and all this stuff, to be honest, whenever you want to win the Super Bowl, who do you go to? The running back. Because you can pass the ball all you want to do, but when you want to win the game you better be able to run the ball and you better have that running back.”
“I love Zeke. I love his fire and the way he plays,” Walker said. “Elliott loves to play football. It’s amazing that he’s carrying the ball 30-some times a day. People don’t know, that’s tough. And the guy comes back the next week and does the same thing and loves it. I was shocked that he’s had the speed that he’s had.”