"He better stop that. He better stop that. He better stop that," Tony Dorsett said over the weekend at an anniversary celebration of the Cowboys 1992 Super Bowl team. "That's one thing that I don't like. When you get airborne, you're at the mercy of the hit, and sometimes you can't protect yourself. I think as he gets older he may take that out of his repertoire. He needs to stop that. That scares me every time he gets airborne. I'm like oh ..."
Dorsett wasn't the only running back requesting Zeke remain grounded. Emmitt Smith made a similar appeal.
"Get on the ground as quickly as possible," Smith said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Every time I watch somebody run, I'm looking very closely, very tentatively, seeing how they fall because a lot of things happen when you fall."
Outside of the hurdling critique, the Hall of Fame backs had little else bad to say about Elliott, who led all rushers with 1,631 yards as a rookie.
"He's behind his shoulder pads," Smith said of Elliott. "He's always falling forward. Great vision, tremendous speed, got a hell of a jump cut, and I mean he's playing chess while others out there are playing checkers. I appreciate that. He's a thinker. He's a smart guy, and I love watching him run."