And now on ESPN, he's a star. Ezekiel Elliott was profiled for the entire nation on the "E:60" newsmagazine, which worked on the 20-minute piece for the past few months with Elliott and his family, including father Stacy and mother Dawn.
The piece chronicles Elliott's rise from a young star to a high school standout at the small John Burroughs School in St. Louis, turning a small private school into a power in the Gateway City. The piece also delves into Elliott's recruiting process, which included an early commitment to Ohio State and his late consideration of home-state school Missouri, the alma mater of his parents.
It then shows how Elliott improved throughout the 2014 season and hits a somber note with his discussion of Kosta Karageorge, his friend on the squad who disappeared last year before the Michigan game and then was tragically being found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Elliott's served as a pallbearer at Karageorge's funeral before his finish to the season, which included three consecutive career highs in rushing yards vs. Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to help the Buckeyes to the playoff title.
Watch the whole video, which also includes an extensive retelling of his famed 85-yard run vs. Alabama, above.