The Dallas Cowboys will have another year of challenges, with Ezekiel Elliott being suspended six games, But Dak Prescott will be ready for the task.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has worked hard and earned each of his accomplishments. The 2017 season will come with an entirely new hurdle as running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss the first six games.
Elliott was handed a six game suspension by the NFL stemming from a domestic violence dispute in 2016. The league’s leading rusher will be sorely missed and hard to replace.
Even with the loss of Elliott there is no doubt Prescott will prevail. Dak’s career is defined by the trials he has faced and the triumphs he has acquired.
From the beginning of his collegiate career at Mississippi State he was dealt a short stack. Red-shirted as a freshman and the following season he was tabbed as the back-up.
Tyler Russell began the 2013 season as the starter once again. A concussion forced Russell to miss time and gave Dak the opportunity to start. An opportunity he never relinquished.
But the 2013 season also came with terrible heartache as Prescott lost his mother, Peggy, after a fight with cancer.
The odds seemed against Prescott as football problems were fixed life problems tumbled down upon him. The story of Dak is about prevailing and playing on for his mother.
Dak entered the 2014 season as the starter and led an unlikely Bulldog team to a #1 ranking in the nation. Dak’s 2014 accolades are a story of their own as he broke records and received many awards.
Prescott did not disappoint his senior year as he threw for career high’s in yards (3,793) and touchdowns (29) while only throwing four interceptions. Prescott’s stardom was on the rise as well as his draft stock.
Once again Prescott is faced with adversity but this time at his own fault when he was arrested for DUI. Only a couple of months away from the NFL draft, Prescott’s arrest couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Cowboys ended up drafting Prescott in the fourth round where he had slipped to.
A fourth round rookie now stared down opening day against the New York Giants as the quarterback of America’s Team. Once again, the story ends in Prescott’s favor. The Cowboys went 13-3 and Dak earned his first Pro Bowl trip along with Rookie of the Year honors.
Losing Ezekiel Elliott stings, but knowing Dak Prescott will be at the helm should be a relief. The Dallas Cowboys have found a winner and most importantly a leader, something they will need this season just as much as last season.