Dallas Cowboys running back and NFL star Ezekiel Elliott has had a sensational start to his career in the NFL.
At just 26, the former college football player at Ohio State University is already a Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro back. With three 1,000-yard seasons and another 1,900 receiving yards over his five seasons under his belt, he's established himself as one of the premier running backs in the NFL.
Everyone knows the man who carries the ball for America's Team, but in his personal life, who carries him? Who is Ezekiel Elliott's girlfriend?
Ezekiel Elliott's Girlfriend Halle Woodard
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Ezekiel Elijah Elliott is reportedly in a relationship with Halle Woodard, and while the two tried to keep their love life under wraps, you can thank Elliott's mother, Dawn, for breaking the seal on that. Dawn Elliott posted to social media congratulating Woodard for graduating from nursing school.
The pics featured Zeke and Halle together, hinting at the potential relationship. Dawn and Halle reportedly grew very close after he left Columbus and while Elliott was sidelined from the National Football League with a six-game suspension. Woodard has earned the Dawn Huff stamp of approval, and hopefully Elliott's father Stacy approves.
Elliott and Woodard have reportedly had somewhat of an on-and-off again relationship over the past few years, particularly during Elliott's off-field struggles. The couple reportedly split up after Elliott was handcuffed (but not arrested) in Las Vegas following an incident with a security officer at the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival but have since rekindled things.
Woodard reportedly grew up in Iowa but currently resides with Elliott in Dallas, Texas. As previously mentioned, she recently graduated from nursing school but reportedly also works as a personal trainer.
Before attending Iowa State University, Woodard went to high school at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. Woodard keeps her private life under wraps, as well as her social media, preferring to keep out of the limelight that comes with dating a high-profile athlete. You won't see this NFL power couple at any Dallas Mavericks games anytime soon, and if you do, they'll be keeping things on the down-low.
Ezekiel Elliott's Ex-Girlfriend
Zeke previously found himself in trouble when he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in 2017. Things got even messier when Thompson reportedly sent Elliott hints that she was seeing his Cowboys teammate Lucky Whitehead.
"I received like 15 texts from an unknown number, and the texts were screen shots of text messages between Tiffany and one of my current teammates that play with me for the Cowboys. And then there was a picture of a hotel reservation which had her name and also his name on it. Basically, her telling me that she slept with one of my teammates the previous week while we were in Cleveland," Elliott said, per Bleacher Report.
The NFL investigated the accusations and suspended Elliott for six games during the 2017 season.
Ezekiel Elliott Football Career
Elliott was born in Alton, Illinois, but attended John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Missouri, before Ohio State.
Ezekiel Elliott starred for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2013-2015, racking up various accolades under Urban Meyer's regime. Across three seasons, Zeke racked up 43 touchdowns and 3,961 rushing yards. He was named the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and earned Second-Team All-America Honors in 2015.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After impressing in training camp, Elliott was named the team's starting back and proved his worth during his rookie season. He played in an NFL game for the first time against the New York Giants.
As a rookie, Elliott earned a Pro Bowl selection and was a First-Team All-Pro selectee. He recorded a league-high 1,631 rushing yards and scored 15 touchdowns while committing five fumbles. The Cowboys, led offensively by Zeke and quarterback Dak Prescott, went 13-3 and made the playoffs before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round. This season, they're looking to finally climb the mountain and get to the Super Bowl.
Since his rookie season, Elliott has proven to be one of the best NFL players in the league, so much so that the threat of a holdout after his rookie contract ended up rewarding him with a massive six-year, $90 million deal with the franchise, something which will drastically increase the young running back's net worth.
You can expect Halle Woodard to be cheering for him alongside his mother, Dawn.
This article was originally published on August 3, 2021, and has been updated since.
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