Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette just opened up one heck of a debate.
Both college football stars have elected to skip their schools’ bowl games as they prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey announced his decision Monday, prompting a wave of arguments both for and against his move.
Apparently Ezekiel Elliott falls into the latter category. The Dallas Cowboys rookie running back, who played three seasons at Ohio State, tweeted the following Monday afternoon:
Elliott, of course, took a similar action to McCaffrey and Fournette by forgoing his senior season to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, and Twitter was quick to point out his hypocrisy.
But Elliott stood his ground, insisting that declaring for the draft after completing a season is quite different than bailing with one game still left to play.
If you still disagree with Elliott’s take, the Cowboys running back did backtrack upon learning that McCaffrey and Fournette both weren’t 100 percent healthy. After all, it’s tough to blame the high-profile running backs for not wanting to risk their NFL futures for non-College Football Playoff bowl games.
Still, Elliott’s comments prove this debate over college players leaving early is far from over.
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