The 2017 season was one to forget for Ezekiel Elliott. Not only did the Cowboys miss the playoffs in disappointing fashion; Elliott also made major headlines for all the wrong reasons. Off-the-field incidents forced him to miss six regular season starts, which proved to be costly for Big D.

Through all of the frustrations of the protracted legal battle over his suspension, one thing stayed consistent for Elliott-- the support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was not shy about fighting against Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league.

For his efforts, he even coughed up $2 million in fees to the NFL as a penalty, and infamously attempted to block a contract extension for Goodell.

As the new league year starts with a clean slate, Elliott hasn't forgotten about Jones' support. He sent out this heartfelt message on Twitter to his boss today:

There's a good reason why Jones has stood side-by-side with his star running back. Elliott is arguably the league's best, leading the NFL in rushing his rookie season and getting on pace to do the same in 2017 before his suspension kicked in.

Players have long raved about Jones' personable demeanor. Guys want to play for him. And Elliott's tweet further supports that notion.

In a competitive NFC East, the Cowboys will need Elliott for the entire 16 games this season. That -- and a playoff run worth writing home about -- would make Jerry very, very happy.