The 2017 Pro Bowl roster was announced Tuesday, and former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot was selected for first-team honors after leading the league by almost 100,000 fan votes in early December.
The Dallas Cowboys’ rookie sensation has taken over the NFL, breaking franchise and league records with 310 carries for 1,551 yards and 13 total touchdowns. Elliott also has 351 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The running back quickly became a fan favorite from his crop-top to jumping into a Salvation Army kettle; he’s brought enough excitement for the NFL to flex several Cowboy games to primetime.
Despite being honored with the Pro Bowl vote, the running back could miss the event-filled weekend with another big game in mind. The 12-2 Cowboys have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and are one game away from winning the NFC East and snagging a first round bye. Only the Giants have been able to stop the offensive weapon that is Zeke, and he could help the team get to Super Bowl LI.
With two games left in the 2016 NFL regular season, injuries and postseason runs could mean that alternate players — other Buckeyes — will get a chance to step up. The Pro Bowl game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.