Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was mic’d up when he celebrated a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by jumping into a giant Salvation Army kettle behind the end zone. Somehow, this makes a truly fun touchdown celebration even more delightful.
Elliott is congratulated by several teammates, including Tony Romo.
“Did you just jump in the Salvation Army Bucket?” Romo asked, laughing.
“Yeah,” Elliott said.
“You’re stupid,” Romo replied with a good-natured shove.
“I had to,” Elliott says. “It’s classic.”
Elliott comes to an important realization after he sees the replay of the celebration.
“Hey, I just broke the rookie touchdown record,” Elliott said.
We see this play out every draft with quarterbacks. Some 6’6 schmuck who can’t hit the broad side of a barn moves up on draft boards because scouts hear the Six Million Dollar Man sound effect when they see his throwing motion and he can palm a pumpkin. Seems lots of scouts and GMs prioritize quarterbacks looking the part over their actual play. They are more concerned with how well a quarterback can wear a suit than what he can do in pads.
Granted evaluating college players, especially quarterbacks, is no easy task. It’s an inexact science. That shit is hard. There’s only about half a dozen people on the planet who are really good at being NFL quarterbacks.
But with Osweiler the red flags were there. I personally would have been extremely reluctant about entrusting a guy who has a tattoo with a glaring grammatical error to excel at the most cerebral position in all of sports. But hey … he’s 6’7.
On the other end of the quarterback evaluation spectrum we have Dak Prescott. After a two game slump, Dak got back on track with that whole “exceeding expectations” thing he’s been doing this season.
Dak with his best Russell Wilson impression with 32 completions and not hitting 300 yards.