Ohio State Buckeyes star running back Ezekiel Elliott was awarded the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given to the top amateur athlete in the country.

Ezekiel Elliott named top amateur athlete in the US

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Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott now has a trophy to go along with his championship rings that were earned as the Buckeyes claimed the national championship.

On Sunday afternoon, it was announced that Elliott was named the winner of the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award. The award is given to the top amateur athlete in the country.

Elliott attended the event in person to accept the award.

“First and foremost I’d like to thank the AAU Sullivan Award for representing the outstanding amateur athlete for the past 85 years,” Elliott said, via an Ohio State press release.

“And secondly I want to congratulate all the finalists. I feel somewhat undeserving of this award with all these great athletes up here and all their tremendous accomplishments. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to win an Olympic gold medal so I want to congratulate all for being here.

“I’ve got to thank my parents for pushing me to being the person I am. They demand excellence out of me and that drove me to be the person I am today. I also want to thank Ohio State University for this and for all the opportunities it has presented me. And I want to thank my coaches and my teammates for making this opportunity possible. Football is a team sport and I’m nothing without my boys around me.”

Elliott and the Buckeyes will begin their national title defense Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to AAU