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Eric J. Adler

As the Patriots travel to Dallas for the first time in a few years, they’ll bring along former Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot.

The Patriots signed the 28-year-old in mid-August after his seven seasons spent entirely with Dallas. Elliot enjoyed a breakout game in his new navy uniform against the Jets, rushing for 80 yards on 16 carries with one reception for seven yards in New York.

To New England’s locker room, he brings veteran leadership and depth behind Rhamondre Stevenson. And this week, hopefully, some intel about his old team.

Patriots.com caught up with the newest running back earlier this season, and here’s what we learned:

What is your first football memory?

My first day in pads. We were doing Oklahoma drills. I was the runner and I didn’t get my pads down. I got the wind knocked out of me. This is like when I was only seven years old.

Did you have a favorite team growing up?

St. Louis Rams

Who were some players you idolized as a kid?

Marshall Faulk, Priest Holmes, Eddie George, and Stephen Jackson.

What was it like growing up in such an athletic family?

My parents always had us involved in sports. They introduced us to them at a young age and kind of let us grow our own love for them.

What is your favorite sport other than football?

I played basketball and ran track in high school. Both were pretty fun. I’d have to say it was a tie between those two.

What position did you play in basketball?

I was like a 3.

What would your walk-up song be if you played baseball?

“Do What I Want” by Lil Uzi Vert

What do you like to do on a day off?

You know, I like to turn on the Apple TV and catch up on the latest movies that were released or play a little Call of Duty.

What’s something about you that people might find surprising?

I have a pet snake!

What’s your pet snake’s name?

Mr. Snake

What is your spirit animal and why?

I would probably say a wolf just because I love that pack mentality.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Boston yet?

Mooo…

What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Probably when I went to Europe in 2019. My grandpa lived in Helsinki so I went to visit him in Helsinki and then I went to Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

What is the best round of golf you ever played?

I shot 100. I think that’s about my best.

What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?

I love Chinese food.

What’s something you can’t imagine your life without?

My family.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Just to pursue excellence in everything you do. If you’re slacking off in one part of your life it’s going to creep over into other aspects.

If you didn’t play football what would you be doing for a career?

I have no idea. We’ll have to figure that out one day.

What was your biggest misconception about New England before you got here?

I had only been here a couple of times, so I’m not sure.

Outside of football, what are you looking forward to doing here the most?

I am most excited to see the other teams play. I really wanna go see the Celtics.

What is your favorite part about being a Patriot?

Probably the team, the guys. This is a pretty cool locker room.

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