Ezekiel Elliott is one of the top running backs in the league, constantly under the spotlight for his success with the Cowboys. He's now living in the city of Dallas, but he hasn't forgotten where he came from.
In a true act of kindness, Elliott is paying for the funeral of Jaylon McKenzie, a 14-year-old football player who was shot and killed in St. Louis.
‘Bright soul’ Ezekiel Elliott will pay for the funeral of East St. Louis football star https://t.co/sH60MBPCnC— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) May 8, 2019
According to Illinois State Police, McKenzie was shot while attending a party in Venice. A 15-year-old girl was also struck and remains in critical condition.
McKenzie had aspirations of making the NFL. He had already received scholarship offers from Missouri and Illinois, and was featured in
"Jaylon loved Ezekiel Elliott," Gunner told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "he talked about him all the time. When Ezekiel was playing, he would sit in front of the TV. His eyes were glued to the TV watching him."
JAYLON MCKENZIE: I spoke to Jaylon’s mom, @sukeena5, who says that someone on behalf of @EzekielElliott reached out to pay for her son’s funeral costs. That’s so incredible, since Jaylon used to watch Ezekiel to improve his own skills. @ksdknews pic.twitter.com/W0j6Yxatqa— Justina Coronel (@JustinaCoronel) May 8, 2019
The 23-year-old Elliott stepped up as a humanitarian and delivered for his community. This is what sports are all about.