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The Story Behind Ezekiel Elliott’s “Silver Strong” Orange Wristband

RJ Ochoa

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Ezekiel Elliott is a lot of things. We're talking about:

  • The 2016 NFL Leading Rusher
  • 2016 NFL MVP Candidate
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Candidate
  • National Champion (as a member of The Ohio State Buckeyes)
  • 2016 NFL Playoffs Participant
  • Outstanding human being

It's that last bit that is important today. A story from The Washington Post dropped on Thursday that encapsulates this message. It's the story of Jake Silver and his heroic fight against osteosarcoma.

Ezekiel ElliottJake, a Massachusetts native, is a loyal New England Patriots fan... but he and his family also love The Ohio State Buckeyes as well. You see Jake's step-grandfather, Steve Crapser, was a member of the 1968 National Championship team.

When the 16-year-old Jake began his fight against cancer his family had orange wristbands with "Silver Strong" printed on them. Silver's younger 14-year-old sister Halle thought it might be a good idea to reach out to some Buckeyes about wearing them in honor of her brother and his fight.

On July 24th, 2016 Halle sent an Instagram message to Zeke with all of the details, low and behold the next morning Elliott responded!

"I want one of those bands !!"

"Send me a bunch I'll wear it all season." -Ezekiel Elliott to Halle Silver

Obviously anyone in this situation would have a is-this-too-good-to-be-true type of disposition about them, so Halle made sure to double check that this was indeed The Ezekiel Elliott.


"Is this actually u?" -Halle Silver

"I think I'm real," -Ezekiel Elliott

Halle and her family wound up sending Zeke some #SilverStrong wristbands, and true to his word he has rocked them all season long. He vowed to not take it off.

Ezekiel ElliottAs loyal members of Cowboys Nation we've seen that Ezekiel Elliott won't just break, but will shatter any and all expectations of him. When you look at your favorite athletes you want them to be heroes in this type of situation.

One of the greatest things I've ever heard said about Hall of Famer and Cowboys Legend Roger Staubach was said by Troy Aikman. He said that Roger was everything that you would want him to be. It seems that this is the exact same type of deal with Ezekiel Elliott.

It's not easy to do all of the things Ezekiel Elliott does on a football field, and we all certainly admire him for it. But the most admirable thing about Ezekiel Elliott is that despite anything that happens on the field he understands the important things in life and gives those his full attention. He's one of a kind.

We're all praying for you, Jake. You got this. #SilverStrong.

Tell us what you think about "The Story Behind Ezekiel Elliott’s “Silver Strong” Orange Wristband" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!


I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Cowboys K Brett Maher’s 63-Yard Field Goal Sets New NFL Record

Jess Haynie

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After hitting a 63-yard field goal last night in the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Kicker Brett Maher now owns the NFL record for most field goal made at 60 yards or longer. It was the third 60-plus FG of his career and second so far this season.

Maher hit a 62-yarder last week in Dallas' loss to the New York Jets. That kick tied him with Sebastian Janikowski and Greg Zuerlein for having two career field goals of 60 or more.

Now Brett stands alone in that category. Last night's kick also was just one yard shy of Matt Prater's record for the NFL's longest field goal; Maher hit from 64 yards in 2013.

If Brett Maher ever gets a chance to kick in Denver, he may have a great shot at breaking Prater's record as well. According to NBC's data from last night, Maher's kick would have been good from 66 yards out.

It was a good night overall for the Cowboys kicker. Maher had two other makes from 26 and 29 yards.


Despite his heroics at times, Brett Maher has been one of the least accurate kickers in the NFL the last two years. Even after last night Brett is hitting just 71.4% of his field goals so far in 2019; that ties him for 25th in the league.

The most puzzling aspect of all with Maher is how much he struggles with shorter range kicks. You almost have more confidence in him kicking from 60 yards out than attempting an extra point.

Few kickers could survive that kind of performance and uncertainty, but few can do what Maher can with his long range ability. It's a risk/reward situation that the Cowboys are continuing to work with.

For today, at least, Maher and his team are basking in the glory of a great game. Let's hope both can keep up the positive momentum.


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Cowboys Get Good News on Vander Esch, Quinn Injuries After Eagles Game

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch off to a Fast Start 1

The Dallas Cowboys got a big win last night over the Philadelphia Eagles, but there was concern that they also suffered some big injuries. But good news; despite their leaving the game and not returning, both LB Leighton Vander Esch and DE Robert Quinn appear to have avoided any significant issues.

Vander Esch suffered a neck stinger in the second quarter and did not come back. It appears he was held out as a precautionary measure, and the Cowboys' 21-7 lead at that point may have contributed to the decision.

Jane Slater on Twitter

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch just told me he's good. First neck stinger. Disputes "history" of neck issues reports. Told me he would have continued playing but "wasn't up to me

Quinn's rib injury also occurred before halftime and ended his night. The veteran picked up his obligatory sack before going out, and it sounds like he should be fine for Dallas' next game.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @GMFB: The #Cowboys got a few injury scares, but LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and LB Robert Quinn (rib) are expected to be OK. https://t.co/ld1mncRkNw

These defensive standouts join a host of Cowboys starters who are going to benefit greatly from the team's bye week.


Dallas went into the game with injury concerns to WRs Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb, OTs Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, and CBs Byron Jones and Anthony Brown. Of those, Brown was the only one who did not play last night.

Still, all of these players need a week to rest and be ready for the long haul of the regular season.

The Cowboys will get back to work in Week 9 with a road trip to New York, facing the Giants on Monday Night Football.

Thankfully, it looks like Leighton Vander Esch and Robert Quinn will both be ready to play in two weeks.


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Dallas Cowboys Optimistic that Amari Cooper Returns Sunday

John Williams

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Report: Amari Cooper has MRI on Right Ankle

It doesn't take a deep look at the Dallas Cowboys offense over the last year and not see the significant impact that Amari Cooper has had. He's been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL over the last calendar year and has opened up so much for the Cowboys offense both with his impact as a pass catcher and for the attention he draws from opposing defenses. In Cooper's last 15 regular-season games with the Dallas Cowboys, he's caught 86 passes on 121 targets for 1,240, and 11 touchdowns. He's been everything the Cowboys front office could have hoped for when they made the trade with the Oakland Raiders after week seven of the 2018 season.

Amari Cooper has been dealing with foot issues since training camp and then went out on the first offensive series against the New York Jets with a thigh contusion. His absence was definitely felt as the offense struggled to find any rhythm in the first half of their week six loss.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper

Though he hasn't practiced this week there is some optimism that Cooper could potentially practice on Friday and play in this pivotal week seven matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. A contusion is basically a bone bruise, which is painful and can inhibit movement and flexibility. The most important thing to judge when determining if Cooper will be able to play or not is the level of inflammation that still persists in this leg. If the inflammation is better and he has better movement and flexibility in the leg, then he should be able to go.


Amari Cooper had a field day against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14 of the 2018 season when he caught 10 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Even in the week 10 contest, Cooper caught six passes for 75 yards. He's had a ton of success against the Eagles and with them still having injury issues in the secondary, there's a possibility for him to have another big game this week if he's able to play.

It's an encouraging sign that he's going to try practice today given the concern during the game in the days just after the week six contest. We'll have to keep an eye on how Friday goes and the pregame reports, but if all goes well, the Cowboys offense will be in much better shape with Cooper back on the field.


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