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NFL trainer compares Cowboys RB Tony Pollard to Olympic track sprinters

Tony Pollard, Cowboys

With fellow Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott currently in the midst of a major holdout as the result of an ongoing contract dispute, the NFC East franchise is now about to roll with rookie rusher Tony Pollard in Week 1 of the 2019 regular season. While Elliott cannot not be replaced by many in the league, Pollard certainly has the capability to perform well upon being given this opportunity.

One of Pollard’s believers, trainer Bert Whigham, recently heaped some serious praise upon the first-year running back, via The New York Daily News.

“He is a 60-yard sprinter. That’s what Olympic track sprinters do,” Whigham said of Pollard. “Most sprinters, when we train them for the combine for the 40-yard dash, they can accelerate through 40-to-45 yards. But Tony has the ability to accelerate through 60 because legs are strong and he has the technique.”

It is also worth noting that Whigham has trained the likes of New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Chicago Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack — among others.

“Tony’s the kind of guy that everyone enjoyed being around and working with,” Whigham added in regards to Pollard. “He made the group better because he was always positive and he had that confidence about him that brought up and elevated the play of everyone else, but he did it in a subtle way. It’s not over the top. He has a Memphis swagger about him that was impressive to watch around the other pros and athletes we had, to make the group better… I’m not surprised he’s asserted himself to be the main guy in Dallas if Zeke’s out.”

Pollard and the Cowboys will open up the regular season against the rival New York Giants on Sunday.