The Dallas Cowboys were well-represented at the NFL Honors Thursday night.
Former Cowboy great DeMarcus Ware getting voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was an emotional moment for every Cowboys fan.
Right as fans finished their round of applause for the former All-Pro defender, though, a current Cowboys star stole the spotlight.
That star is Dak Prescott, who took home arguably the NFL’s most prestigious award in the Walter Payton Man of the Year. For a guy who wore so much criticism — some of it deserved — for his performance this season, you really can’t help but smile for Prescott.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wins 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Prescott’s work off the field is almost impossible to quantify. The quarterback is involved — the pilot in most cases — with several charitable ventures. The most renowned is Prescott’s Faith Fight Finish Foundation, which specializes in colon cancer research, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.
Prescott has long been an advocate for drawing more attention to mental health.
Here are some of Prescott’s other charitable commitments, via NFL.com.
"Prescott donated $1 million to improve police training and address systemic racism following the killing of George Floyd in 2020. During the spring of 2022, Prescott succeeded Staubach and joined Aikman as the co-chair of the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, which annually serves as a fundraiser for research and pediatric cancer in North Texas and throughout the country. Furthermore, Prescott partnered with fellow 2022 WPMOTY nominee Solomon Thomas of the New York Jets’ The Defensive Line to provide suicide prevention training for teachers."
Like we said: impossible to quantify.
This marked Prescott’s second year as the Cowboys’ many of the year nominee, so he’s been knocking on the door. In 2022, the two-time Pro Bowler lost out to now-former Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth.
Congratulations to Dak Prescott. Cannot say it enough.