Ezekiel Elliott's $21 TD donation leads to charity partnership

November 25, 2018

The last time Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott made news with The Salvation Army Kettle, he jumped into it. It was 2016, and Elliott's post-touchdown plunge against the Buccaneers led to a spike in donation.


History may repeat itself. 


On Thursday, Dallas recorded its third straight win, ascended to first place in the NFC East, and it was highlighted by Elliott scoring a touchdown, taking $21 from a staffer, and dropping it in the red bucket.


According to the Cowboys, Elliott has reached an agreement with The Salvation Army, one that includes him matching every $21 gift to the Red Kettle Campaign. The Cowboys, who have long had a partnership with the organization, will match each gift for a total of $42,000 ($21,000 from Elliott and from the Cowboys).


"Two years ago when I jumped in there," Elliott said post-game, "there were a bunch of $21 donations to The Salvation Army. Hopefully that first $21 that I put in there today triggers a lot of donations for them."


On Thursday, after Elliott dropped in his money, he celebrated a late score by dumping quarterback Dak Prescott into the kettle to receive a 15-yard penalty. 


"I think he just deserved to get in there, you know what I mean," Elliott said.


Owner Jerry Jones didn't seem to mind the penalty.


"Any fine coming I'll gladly add on to my credit," he stated.


In 2016, Elliott's leap spurred $250,000 in additional donations thanks to visits to give.salvationarmyusa.org, or shopzeke21.com.


A portion of all sales from shopzeke21.com will be donated to The Salvation Army, as well.


Follow Ian Rapoport on Twitter @RapSheet.

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