The Dallas Cowboys’ offseason has been filled with more controversy than one would like, but Dak Prescott is still making acts of kindness a priority.
When you’re the starting quarterback of any NFL team, you almost immediately become the face of the franchise. Now amplify that by some insane amount when you’re the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. It’s unexplainable, but when players don the star it seems that their lives become a little more exposed to the lights and cameras, especially when things go wrong.
Quarterback Dak Prescott has recently been on the bad end of an autograph scandal in which a signature authenticator accused his signed cards of being fakes. Dak has come out and said that he had no knowledge of the fake signatures, but even if innocent it still looks bad. Of course being the leading man of America’s Team means that every little thing linked to you will blow up to an unnecessary proportion.
The scandal has been all over the major sports networks, but Dak is still finding ways to put others before himself. Most recently, he visited the family of the late Lincoln County Deputy William Durr, who was killed during a mass shooting in Brookhaven, Mississippi this past May.
The Durr family is known to be loyal Mississippi State fans, Dak’s alma mater. So Dak decided to surprise William’s 10-year-old son, Nash, and the youngster got to spend some time with his sports hero. The young quarterback knows the dreadful feeling of losing a parent too soon, so I’m sure he instilled some light into the Durr family during a very dark time.
Earlier this year Dak also held several youth football camps. He was able to reach out to the three areas that have guided him to where he is now. As reported by Todd Archer, Prescott held camps in his hometown of Louisiana, his old stomping grounds of Mississippi State, and in his current home city of Dallas.
"“And just the turnout of the kids and interacting with these guys, this is what it’s about, to use my platform to help change their lives or make their days or summers or whatever better to help improve the community in any way I can.” Prescott told ESPN.com while discussing the turnout of his camp this past June at Lake Dallas High School. “I hope I can make their day better, maybe change one person here’s life, motivate him to do something better, just to dream, even if it’s that.”"
When Prescott’s not winning prestigious awards like the 2017 ESPY’s best breakout athlete, there’s a good chance the rookie Pro Bowler is working on his cancer awareness campaign named the Ready Raise Rise Foundation. Colon cancer claimed the life of his mother when he was a sophomore at Mississippi State, and he ensures that everything he does in his life is to honor her. Dak has made several television appearances these past couple months to spread the word of cancer research and awareness so that others have the chance to avoid the pain he went through after losing his mom.
Negativity bounces off this guy like bullets bounce off Superman. On or off the field, it seems nothing can phase Dak Prescott. And while much of the world may try to stir up something that may not even exist, you can bet that it will not stop Dak one bit from trying to make a positive impact on his community.