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Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott's first big purchase is home for mom

New Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is the early favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

IRVING, Texas -- Every pro athlete’s dream, it seems, is to buy his mother a home, a reward for all the sacrifices she made when he was a kid.

Ezekiel Elliott is no different.

Elliott, the fourth pick in the NFL draft, recently signed a four-year, $24.9 million deal, including a $16.3 million signing bonus, with the Cowboys that includes a club option for a fifth season.

He used some of that money to buy his parents and two younger sisters a home in the St. Louis area.

"It just feels really good to reward my mom," Elliott told The Dallas Morning News. "The hard work she put in raising me and all she sacrificed, finally being able to do something for her for the first time feels really good."