Former NFL running back Marshall Faulk was one of the best to ever play the game. Now a member of the media who regularly makes on-screen appearances, the Hall of Fame rusher has provided his two cents regarding suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
“Obviously, we all have to grow up in life and make mistakes, and sometimes some of those mistakes cost you dearly,” said Faulk, via Dallas News. “It’s another thing of just understanding the magnitude of what’s around you and how things are.”
However, Faulk does not believe that the second-year Cowboys running back is unaware of the mistakes that he has made along the way.
“We’re not talking about a kid who is dumbfounded and doesn’t know,” Faulk added. “It’s not just about making the right decision, but when things start to go wrong knowing when to walk away. I say this to him often, this platform and this stage that you’re on, it’s bigger than you think. The Cowboys, the [NFL], it’s bigger than Zeke. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. We all want it to be fair, but sometimes it’s not.”
Despite his immense success as a rookie in 2016, Elliott will now be forced to miss the first six games of the 2017 regular season due to a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
“The circumstances sometimes and the choices you make sometimes put you in situations that even when you don’t do anything wrong, something wrong happens,” Faulk continued. “After one or two incidents, people don’t care whose fault it is when you’re involved and that’s not fair but that’s just how it is.
“I always wonder, when you look at people walk around with bodyguards and they won’t talk to fans and they won’t meet people, we say mean things about them, how they don’t embrace their fans. But then when you get a kid who will engage with people and things happen, how can he be engaging with people?”