Jerry Jones Says You Don’t Need ‘Rushing Champion to Win a Super Bowl’

As Ezekiel Elliott’s training camp holdout continues into the second week of training camp, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not appear to be overly concerned.

Jones, an owner with 30 years of experience in the league, pointed out that the first team to win a Super Bowl with a rushing champion in the backfield was Emmitt Smith, who did it for the Cowboys in 1992.

“The point there is you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl,” Jones told CBS 11 from the team’s training camp facility in Oxnard, California. “But Emmitt was the first one to do it.”

Smith went on to accomplish the feat twice more, in 1993 — but not before holding out the first two games of the regular season — and 1995. The last back to lead the league in rushing and simultaneously hoist the Lombardi Trophy was Terrell Davis with the Broncos in 1998.

Since Dallas selected him No. 4 overall in the 2016 draft, Elliott has led the NFL in rushing in two of three seasons; he’s averaged 101.2 yards per game on the ground and has scored 34 total touchdowns.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Chris Bumbaca