Ezekiel Elliott‘s recent off-field troubles have caught the attention of some legendary running backs, and they all want to help.
The Dallas Cowboys running back’s recent involvement in questionable situations isn’t uncommon for young breakout stars, and Hall of Fame runners LaDainian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis are telling Elliott to pay more attention to his actions and who he spends his time with.
“I would say that Ezekiel needs to really learn to manage his time a little better. He has to become a professional, that means doing things like a professional,” Tomlinson told “NFL No Huddle” on Thursday, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “For example, there are times when you can’t go hang out. There are times you can go hang out and there are times that you should be studying and preparing for a game rather than going out.
“Being a professional means knowing the difference, knowing when to do that. That’s all that means. Being a professional, a lot of times, guys think they made it to the league, so I’m a professional. Yes, you made it to the league and you’re considered a professional, but you’re not a pro because you don’t learn to adjust and act like a true professional. It becomes a job. … Talk to Tony Romo more. Dez Bryant has done a great job of late of taking care of himself.”
While Tomlinson advised Elliott to talk to his teammates more, Bettis believes that without Romo to lead the locker room, the Cowboys are lacking experienced leadership. However, his advice was similar to Tomlinson’s.
“I would just tell him to keep your head down, buddy,” Bettis told “The Rich Eisen Show,” according to Lorenzo Reyes of USA TODAY. “You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself in a year.
“You need to keep your head down, stay in the house, and don’t get into any more trouble.”
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