According to 10TV, The Ohio State University football player Ezekiel Elliot won the “Oscar” of sports awards Sunday.
Elliot, a sophomore running back, was named the 85th AAU Sullivan Award Winner for being the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.
Elliot is the eighth football player to win the award. He is only 19 years old.
“First and foremost I’d like to thank the AAU Sullivan Award for representing the outstanding amateur athlete for the past 85 years,” Elliott said, “and secondly I want to congratulate all the finalists. I feel somewhat undeserving of this award with all these great athletes up here and all their tremendous accomplishments. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to win an Olympic gold medal so I want to congratulate all for being here.”
Elliot rushed for 1,874 yards last season. He rushed for a Big Ten championship game record 220 yards and scored two touchdowns.
“I’ve got to thank my parents for pushing me to being the person I am. They demand excellence out of me and that drove me to be the person I am today,” Elliot said.
The Sullivan award has been presented to annually by the Amateur Athletic Union since 1930.