Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott had a big game against Indiana earlier this season, totaling 274 yards on the ground. He was so grateful to the Slobs, otherwise known as OSU’s starting offensive linemen, that he promised to take them out to dinner at Hyde Park, a swanky steakhouse in Columbus.
Elliott made sure to make good on that promise, and SI.com’s Pete Thamel chronicled it in a feature story he wrote on the star running back.
“During Ohio State’s bye week in late October, Elliott brought the five starting offensive linemen to Hyde Park, a tiny Columbus steak house. They dined on 26-ounce rib eyes, devoured lobster mac and cheese, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Only senior center Jacoby Boren didn’t live up to the unit’s nickname, drawing abuse for ordering a filet. The bill was not petit. “It was $432.59,” Elliott says. “It was worth every penny. I would do it again, but I have to save up.” (Elliott says if he reaches New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, he’d love to arrange for the linemen to come with him.)”
It’s great that Elliott and his teammates have such a great relationship off the field, as Elliott’s Heisman-caliber year suddenly makes a lot more sense. He has rushed for 1,244 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 193 carries this season, equalling 6.4 yards per carry.
With delicious food in their belly for a night and good feelings all around, look for the Slobs to continue protecting Elliott as the Buckeyes take on Illinois in Champaign on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET on ABC.
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