“Nobody is bullet proof.” That phrase rings true and it’s one our society tends to downplay in this era of participation trophies because heaven forbid someone’s feelings get hurt because they did not receive one for showing up. I go to work Monday-Friday as a schoolteacher, do my job, and at the end I do not leave thinking that a school would close it doors because I decided not to show up for work that day. I also work 7 days a week for this network, but you don’t see me opting not to write articles or do my podcast with my co-hosts because I feel inadequately paid. Ezekiel Elliott needed a reality check and his boss Cowboys owner Jerry Jones provided that yesterday. During an interview CBS11 at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California Jerry Jones said the following: “The point there is you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl, but Emmitt was the first one to do it.” Jerry Jones was merely making light of the 21st century NFL. The last team to win a Super Bowl with a rushing champ was over 21 years ago when Terrell Davis and the Denver Broncos defeated Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. Since that time, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and defenses have been the stars of the big game. Just within the past 10 years, you have had the likes of Drew Brees’ led Saints, Patriots and Tom Brady, Russell Wilson with Seattle and the Legion of Boom, Eli Manning winning twice with the Giants, Peyton Manning at the Broncos’ helm, and Nick Foles with the Eagles. Not even one of these teams had a rushing champ on the roster. This is the modern NFL, folks. Jerry Jones knows what it takes to win. This Cowboys team is on the rise and Jerry has always held the philosophy that the star logo of the Dallas Cowboys is bigger than any one player on the roster. When he’s moved on from the likes of Herschel Walker, Terrell Owens, and Dez Bryant, he demonstrated the Dallas star was bigger than any of these players. Ezekiel Elliott, despite his talent, is a major off-the-field distraction with 2 suspensions and a recent meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over an incident in Las Vegas earlier this summer. This statement from Jerry Jones was none other than a message sent to the immature Elliott to say you are not irreplaceable, this is no longer a running back-led league (despite the Rams’ decision to sign Todd Gurley to a bloated contract). Jones even put actions behind the message by signing veteran RB Alfred Morris who will begin his second stint with this team. If you’re the Cowboys, you trade Ezekiel Elliott for whatever piece you need to get to a Super Bowl. Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and this defense are more than capable of leading this franchise to its first Super Bowl win since 1995. Jerry Jones, hats off for living in reality.

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