Cowboys legend blasts team over Ezekiel Elliott pitch: ‘They don’t love you’

Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith appeared to be upset with the franchise for releasing running back Ezekiel Elliott last week.

Smith made a comment on the Cowboys’ Instagram post saying goodbye to Elliott after seven seasons.

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Emmitt Smith, number 22 of the Dallas Cowboys, carries the ball against the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVIII on January 30, 1994 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

«Wow this is amazing to me, no disrespect to Malik Davis. Our starting running back is gone and his backup has a broken leg. NFL rep not for long,» Smith wrote. «Everyone else, go get your money because you don’t want it. It doesn’t make sense and this is one of those things that makes you (shake) your head. Thank you Z for giving everything you’ve got, including (touching) injured all the time. last year. That’s why the NFL means (not for long). Everybody else is going to get your money because they don’t want you.»

Smith knows the football business better than anyone. He was released by the Cowboys before the 2003 season because new head coach Bill Parcells wanted to go with a younger running back staff.

Ezekiel Elliott, number 21 of the Dallas Cowboys, warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Ezekiel Elliott, number 21 of the Dallas Cowboys, warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Sam Hodde/Getty Images)

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Smith signed with the Arizona Cardinals and rushed for over 1,100 yards in two seasons. He retired as the NFL leader in rushing yards.

Elliott was the No. 4 pick in the 2016 draft after starring at Ohio State. He finished second in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting and third in NFL Most Valuable Player voting in his first season. He topped 1,000 rushing yards four times in his career with Dallas.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith greets Dallas Cowboys number 21 Ezekiel Elliott, left, before a game against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith greets Dallas Cowboys number 21 Ezekiel Elliott, left, before a game against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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In 2022, Elliott rushed for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games for Dallas.