Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott enters his first season in the NFL with high expectations.
Thanks to the situation he found himself in with the Cowboys, who boast the most talented offensive line in the NFL, many believe the former Ohio State star is a front-runner for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
While that would be a great start to Elliott’s professional career, he has his sights set even higher.
As far as Elliott is concerned, he will be able to break Erick Dickerson’s impressive rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards.
“Eighteen hundred yards. We joke about it all the time. I told him I’m going to get it,” Elliott said, via ESPN.
For Dickerson, having a rookie running back set his sights on breaking the record is a common occurrence. He also doesn’t seem to believe Elliott will be able to hit the mark.
“I just laughed and said, ‘Good luck,’” Dickerson said. “Many have said that; all have failed. I like the record because you get one shot at it and that’s it, because you’re a rookie one time. You don’t get three or four shots at that record. ‘Oh, let me do it again.’ Nah.”
It should be interesting to see if Elliott is able to live up to the high expectations he has entering the 2016-17 season. But considering he is setting high goals for himself, it looks like he is ready for the challenge.