From CSJ Staff Reports
When Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo went down with a back injury during the preseason, it seemed like another disappointing year was around the corner. But then Dak Prescott happened. The fourth-round draft pick from Mississippi State was suddenly thrown into the spotlight and given the keys to one of the most coveted positions in the professional sports world.
Heading into Sunday’s game at Green Bay, Dallas was an unexpected 4-1 and Prescott was closing in on the NFL record for most pass attempts to start a career without an interception. After a close call nearly broke the streak (the play was eventually ruled a fumble), Prescott eventually surpassed the mark of 162, which was set by Tom Brady during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. That number ultimately peaked at 176 when he threw an interception in the third quarter, but Dallas still won the game 30-16 and moved to 5-1 on the season.
Prescott’s story is nothing less than inspirational. A finalist for the FCA Bobby Bowden Award in 2015, he spent much of his college career without the support of his mother Peggy whom he tragically lost to colon cancer in 2013. Prescott has relied on her memory as a constant source of inspiration ever since.
“I tape my wrists before games and before practice,” Prescott once told the Shreveport Times. “I simply write ‘Faith’ on there for the faith that my mom showed me; the relationship we built from the faith we had and my faith in God.”
(Photos: NFL Images via Associated Press; Keith Allison)