The early returns from Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott already have many Dallas fans salivating at the thought of the next coming of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.
Sure, the two have been a pleasant surprise, but most football fans would write that sentiment off as pure fantasy. It has only been five games, and Prescott is bound for the bench when incumbent starter Tony Romo returns from injury in two weeks.
But those Cowboys fans envisioning a future dynasty might not be so delusional after all. As it turns out, Elliott and Prescott are already bound for the Pro Football Hall of Fame… well, at least their jerseys are.
Elliott and Prescott became the first rookie quarterback-running back duo surpass 1,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in their first five NFL games, which has never been done in league history, so their jerseys are headed off to Canton.
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) October 12, 2016
Elliott, the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, has lived up to the hype so far. He’s rushed for 546 and six touchdowns so far this season, and picked up steam in each consecutive week. Prescott, on the other hand, is one of the biggest surprises of this NFL season. A fourth round pick, the Mississippi State product was a great college player, but an afterthought in the draft. With Romo firmly entrenched as Cowboys’ starter, he was destined to ride the bench for years to come. That all changed when Romo went down with a back injury in the preseason, and Prescott was now the man in Dallas. He’s arguably been just as good as his highly-touted backfield mate, throwing for 1,239 yards and four touchdowns, all without throwing an interception.
The two have also been successful in the one category Dallas fans care about the most: wins. The Cowboys season appeared over before it started when Romo went down, but the Cowboys are 4-1, lead the NFC East, and are winners of four straight since dropping the opener against the Giants.
They might not actually be Hall of Famers yet, but the future is still bright in Dallas.