A city like Dallas always has high expectations for a young star. When Troy Aikman went number one in 1989, fans chomped at the bit for a trip back to their winning ways. Of course, he went 0-11 as a starter and the Cowboys faithful were set to bury him, but that story ended well for the future Hall of Famer.
Flash forward to now, and folks in Big D are once again looking to a young gun to get them out of the cellar. This time it’s fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott. Expectations are so high, in fact, that his jerseys currently top the sales charts. Not just for rookies, for the entire league.
From Sporting News:
Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot topped the entire league in jersey sales from April 1 to June 30, according to sales on NFLShop.com and ESPN.com. Making the feat even more impressive — Elliott wasn’t drafted by the Cowboys until April 28.
Tom Brady, Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski and Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz finished second through sixth in sales, respectively.
If that’s not premature then I don’t know what is. Carson Wentz isn’t even a shoo-in to start at this point! As for Zeke, the guy could go out behind that fierce offensive line and be the next Emmitt Smith, or he could take the Felix Jones route and never live up to expectations. Personally, I think the dude’s going to do just fine.
This is the NFL, however, and anything can happen. One week you’re being touted as one of the greatest route runners of the past decade, the next you’re selling used cars in Panama City. A simple offhanded comment from Lil B and you’re through. In the words of the quotable Dennis Green, “If you want to crown ‘em, then crown their ass!”
This is good news for fans of Fail Friday across the country, however, since we can be sure to see loads of chunky goobers rocking the crop top in 2016. There are certain things we can expect from Cowboys fans, and poor fashion sense and an even worse diet are definitely on the list. The over/under is going to be set at 50..
[via Sporting News]
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