Arizona Cardinals reserve running back Elijhaa Penny did not get drafted in 2016. He put in the work and, after a year on the practice squad, had a consistent role in 2017 for Arizona.
His younger brother, Rashaad Penny, a standout at San Diego State, is now an NFL Draft prospect who will likely be drafted in the middle to late rounds.
The elder Penny, the professional, has been a big help to the younger, more promising Penny.
“I talk to Elijhaa like every day,” Rashaad said at the NFL combine. “It’s something that we continue to do. He’s my motivator, he’s inspiring me, he’s just continuing this process with me, so I just want to follow in the same footsteps as him.”
When asked who he models his game after, he said it was his brother. “I love watching Elijhaa play when he gets the chances,” he explained, though also noting he is a fan of Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott.
Rashaad already has done one thing that Elijhaa had to do once he made it to the pros. He trimmed down. Elijhaa joined the Cardinals out of college weighing 250 pounds. He now plays at about 235.
Rashaad is at 220. No one told him to do it, but he saw how his brother needed to.
What has been the biggest advice Elijhaa has given him?
“Just being patient. I know there’s going to be times where things are going to be hard. But other than that, just have to have confidence in yourself. That’s the one thing he always mentions — just having confidence. Be your own boost.
“So I’m learning a lot from him, and I’m glad I have an older brother who went through all that types of stuff.”