​​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.

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 Sports Illustrated’s Future Issue as one of six young athletes. 


Hearing of this news, Elliott, who grew up in St. Louis, reached out to McKenzie's family to give his condolences and offered to pay for the funeral. It was an especially touching moment for McKenzie's mother, Sukeena Gunner, because she knew her son loved watching Zeke play.


"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."

The 23-year-old Elliott stepped up as a humanitarian and delivered for his community. This is what sports are all about.