21 Fun Facts About The Rookie Year Of Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott came into the NFL as one of the more highly touted rookies in 2016. When the Dallas Cowboys picked him with the fourth overall selection in the draft that year, it meant he was going to one of the more highly thought of teams in the league too. It worked out well for both that year when Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards and won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while the Cowboys finished the season with a 13-3 record.

21 Fun Facts About Ezekiel Elliott’s Rookie Year:

Nice Averages

Ezekiel Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and 108.7 rushing yards per game during his rookie season in 2016. He also averaged 11.3 yards per reception and 24.2 receiving yards per game.


As a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott fumbled the ball five times. He also had three fumble recoveries.

Rookie of the Week!

Ezekiel Elliott was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week four times during the 2016 season.

Rookie of the Month!

October of 2016 saw Ezekiel Elliott named the Offensive Rookie of the Month.

That First Run

Ezekiel Elliott’s first NFL carry came on the first play of the first game of the 2016 season against the New York Giants. He took the handoff, went off right tackle, and gained one yard.

And Down He Goes

The first NFL player to tackle Ezekiel Elliott was Nat Berhe of the New York Giants.

That First Catch

Ezekiel Elliott’s first NFL catch came in the first quarter of the first game of the season against the New York Giants. It was thrown to him by Dak Prescott and was good for a one yard gain.

That First Rushing Touchdown

Ezekiel Elliott’s first career rushing touchdown came in the first game of the 2016 season. It happened in the third quarter on an eight yard run.

That First TD Reception

The first TD reception of Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL career came in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth game of the year. It was good from 83 yards away and was thrown to him by Dak Prescott.

Those Touchdowns!

Ezekiel Elliott scored 16 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016. He scored 15 on the ground and one by reception.

Home And Away

Of his 16 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott scored eight in home games and eight while on the road.

The Most!

The most touchdowns Ezekiel Elliott would have against any team as a rookie was three. He scored that many against both the Steelers and the Redskins that season.

The Longest!

The longest touchdown Ezekiel Elliott would score as a rookie was that 83 yard reception against the Steelers. The longest he scored on the ground was a 60 yard run he had against the Bengals.

100 Yard Games!

As a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott pulled off seven 100 yard rushing games.

That First 100 Yard Game

The first opponent Ezekiel Elliott had a 100 yard game against was the Chicago Bears in the third game of the season. He ran the ball 30 times that day for 140 yards and no touchdowns.

His Most Rushing Yards

The most rushing yards Ezekiel Elliott would have in one game as a rookie was the 159 he had in the second to last game of the year, a win over the Buccaneers.

1000 Yard Rusher

In week nine of the 2016 season, Ezekiel Elliott passed the 1,000 yard rushing mark. This made him the second Cowboys rookie to ever become a 1,000 yard rusher. The first was Tony Dorsett.

New Cowboys Rookie Record

In week 11, Ezekiel Elliott moved past Tony Dorsett to set the team record for most rushing yards by a rookie.

Another Team Record!

In Week 15, Ezekiel Elliott passed Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker to set a new Cowboys team record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a rookie.


When the 2016 season ended, Ezekiel Elliott was honored with being named to the Pro Bowl and to the First Team All-Pro team.

Quite The Pair!

With Dak Prescott joining him in the Pro Bowl, the quarterback and running back duo became the first rookie quarterback and running back off the same team to be named to the Pro Bowl in league history.

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