ARLINGTON, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott came up with an interesting way to celebrate a short touchdown Sunday night.
The Cowboys running back, who played at The Ohio State University, jumped into a giant Salvation Army red kettle.
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) December 19, 2016
First Ezekiel Elliott passed Tony Dorsett for most rushing TDs (13) by a Cowboys rookie.
Then he "donated" himself to the Salvation Army. pic.twitter.com/GNFPa3BHpF
— ESPN (@espn) December 19, 2016
SBNation.com reports that Elliott was flagged because the pot was a “prop.”
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) December 19, 2016
Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said while he thought the gesture was “creative,” Elliott shouldn’t have done it. But the Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, said “The Salvation Army should give him the highest award.”
After the game, Elliott said he wanted to help the Salvation Army, but also “In warmups I saw it sitting there right by the end zone and I was like, man somebody’s got to jump in there. So I just had to do it.”
The Salvation Army isn’t complaining.
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) December 19, 2016
The Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.