Micah Parsons’ Dak Prescott story shows why QB is so well-respected
After the Dallas Cowboys‘ frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers, people were quick to question Dak Prescott and his ability to lead this franchise – both in capability and personality.
Sadly, Prescott will forever be remembered for the disastrous situation that happened in the final 14 seconds of the game. The Dallas quarterback also came under fire after making uncharacteristically shameful comments when finding out Cowboys fans were throwing trash and beer bottles at referees after the game. Although he did later apologize for his comments, many fans and reporters were surprised by the quarterback’s behavior.
But, Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons has never doubted Prescott as a leader. In fact, his statements about the QB in his postgame presser show just how much he respects Prescott.
Parsons told a heartwarming story about when he first came to OTAs. Prescott approached him when he was tired with his head down and told the rookie to lift his head up and gave him words of encouragement. The linebacker complimented Prescott’s demeanor and said that the QB1 went up to everyone individually after the loss to talk as a leader.
Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons tells reporters that Dak Prescott asked players to put in money for practice squad members – showing how great of a leader the QB is
That wasn’t the only story that the young player shared. Parsons said that Prescott went up to his teammates after the game and asked everyone to contribute $500 to give to practice squad members. Practice squad players don’t get the same checks for playoff games.
The average salary of a practice squad player is around $250,000 depending on experience. To the average American, that is a lot of money. But compared to a guy like Prescott who is making $40 million a year, that’s practically nothing. Prescott knows those players work incredibly hard and get little recognition.
Whether you think that Prescott is the best quarterback or not is not the point of this story. It’s incredibly clear that he has many areas to improve in. But from a culture standpoint, this is the kind of guy you want in your locker room. One who lifts up players of all levels. One who is a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. One who may win the Comeback Player of the Year award.
If the quarterback can put in serious work in the offseason, he can hopefully earn as much respect for how he plays on the field as he does for who he is off the field.