The Year of the Zeke Leap, Ezekiel Elliott brings home another honor for himself and the Dallas Cowboys. The award is for his week 15 touchdown celebration on which his jumped into the Salvation Army Red Kettle bucket!
One of the greatest parts about this celebration are the post-affects it had. The referees decided to incorrectly penalize Elliott, however the NFL correctly decided against fining the rookie running back. He was prepared to gladly pay and then match the fine as a donation to The Salvation Army, however, instead he generously donated $21,000 to the organization. The 21 is symbolic to his number.
Fun Fact: Many do not know this, but in the 2005 NFL season Jason Witten had a celebration involving the Salvation Army Red Kettle bucket as well in which he threw the football into the bucket. There is really no footage of this touchdown celebration through as it was in pretty much meaningless week 17 game in which the Cowboys had just found out prior to kickoff that their Playoff hopes had ended. Then, on Thanksgiving day the follow year, in which Tony Romo tossed 5 touchdown passes in 3 quarters, one of them was particularly memorable as Terrell Owens dropped the football into to the Salvation Army Kettle bucket.
Jason Witten and Terrell Owens were the originators of The Salvation Army Kettle bucket celebrations, but Ezekiel Elliott took it to a whole new level this season. He unsurely initially said he doesn’t think he will repeat a similar celebration, however with the recognition that The Salvation Army got from his touchdown celebration, I would’t be so sure. Maybe he will influence another teammate to get involved.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo