Following Sunday’s blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott put his personal accomplishments in perspective.
Prior to the start of last season, it would be hard to imagine a scenario where the Dallas Cowboys would find their next, great franchise quarterback in the fourth round of the draft. Yet, that’s exactly what happened.
It was even harder to imagine that player, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, would not only wrangle away the starting role from longtime veteran Tony Romo, but led America’s Team to an 11-game winning streak, a 13-3 season-ending record and a playoff appearance all in his first season. Not to mention coming away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year hardware to boot.
For many, the 23 year old Prescott posted the greatest rookie season in NFL history in 2016. His final totals? 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions, 282 rushing yards and six rushing scores.
This season, facing a much tougher schedule and more informed defensive coordinators, the Cowboys have stumbled out of the gate and currently sit tied for second in the NFC East with a 3-3 record. Despite the standings, Dak has played well.
In fact, Prescott has racked up 11 total touchdowns in his past three games. Nine scores were through the air and two via the ground. In only his second NFL season, Dak has tied both Don Meredith and Romo as the only Cowboy passers to throw from three touchdown passes in three consecutive games.
Despite Prescott’s personal heroics, Dallas still lost two of those three contests. So when asked about his recent accomplishments, Dak said something that every Cowboy fan should love to hear.
"“We didn’t win three games in a row, so it really doesn’t mean that much,” Prescott told the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “For me, it’s about the wins at the end of the day. Touchdowns are great and they obviously help us win. But three wins, to me, sounds better than three touchdown games.”"
Dak Prescott continues to exhibit the traits of a truly great leader. It seems like only a matter of time before he starts hoisting Lombardi Trophies.