Dak Prescott is thinking of you NFL fans.
During the Cowboys Giants Game on Sunday, the 27-year-old suffered a severe compound fracture in his right ankle. Dak Prescott was then seen being carted of the AT#T Stadium turf with his fist in the air, and suffering in terrible pain. We now know that the surgery will keep him out 4-6 months which speaking in NFL talk, is out for the rest of the regular season. It will also cost him the play-offs if the team makes it.
Yes, the playoffs. The place where the Cowboys want to be in January, especially with a new coaching staff, after the team fired Jason Garrett last year during an underachieving 8-8 record.
They would like to get their first Super bowl win since 1995.
The 37-34 victory for Cowboys Nation seemed immaterial, even though it put Dallas into first place in the pedestrian NFC East division. Only with a bleak record of 2 wins and 3 losses. After the game was over, Dak’s team earned the victory, but his health and safety was the number one concern for NFL fans throughout the league.
What Dak Brings to the Cowboys
What the quarterback brings to the table is more than just his big stature and his outstanding leadership. Before his injury his stats were; 1856 yards passing, 222 attempts, 151 completions, 9 touchdowns, 4 in’s, and a 68.02 percentage.
He brings his leadership to the field every single week. He is considered the quarterback for the Cowboys, even though he has yet to sign a long-term extension. This injury may have Cowboys Nation worried that the team may suffer tremendously in only its first year under a new head coach.
A Famous Quarterback Weighs-In
One person who knows best on how to display toughness as a Cowboys Quarterback was not from a current player or coach. It was from current FOX NFL Sunday announcer and 3-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Aikman. The broadcaster took to Spun.com with some nice words regarding Prescott, tweeting: “I’m devastated for Dak,” he said, “he’s one of the truly great people in the NFL.”
Aikman too, finished with some impressive stats in his 12-year career. He closed with; 165 games played, 165 td’s, 141 int’s, 32,942 passing yards and 61.5 comp%.
Dak’s #1 Fan
In 2013, Peggy Prescott (the mother of the 27-year-old quarterback) tragically passed away of cancer on Nov 4. Dak was just a sophomore playing QB at Mississippi State. His mother never had the opportunity to see her son graduate and make the NFL.
“When you lose your mom, it’s not that easy,” Prescott told FOX Sports in 2018. “That’s something you’ve got to wake up everyday, looking yourself in the face, and knowing that you’ve got an angel. You’ve got an angel that has expectations for you to do and you’ve got to go out there and do them each and every day.”
Since then he has dedicated his career with a tattoo on his arm in honor of his mom.
What does the Dallas Cowboys Executive VP Say about Dak’s ankle injury?
Cowboys EVP and one of Jerry Jones’ son’s Stephen Jones was asked if Prescott were to still be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys in the future. He answered the question with this statement.
“Absolutely not. He’s our future,” Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. “If anyone can overcome anything, it’s Dak. Feel very good that he can come back stronger and better than ever. Prescott has been playing on his first franchise tag and will be looking to sign a long term contract.
The entire Jones family has expressed its vocal support to keep Dak in Dallas and eventually make him the Cowboy’s permanent starting quarter back.
Who’s Next In-line for the Cowboys at Quarterback?
Without Dak Prescott (due to his ankle surgery), Dallas has named Andy Dalton the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
“You absolutely hate it for Dak,” Dalton said. “The way that he was playing this year and everything he’s put into it, I hate to see that for him. It’s emotional. You hate that injuries happen in this game; unfortunately, they’re part of it.”
Replacing him for the backup role is rookie Ben DeNucci who was drafted by Dallas in the seventh round of the 2020-NFL draft.
“There’s just some things that you do from the second seat that goes on throughout the league,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of DiNucci’s new role. “So, this is a big step, a big opportunity for Ben DiNucci.”
As an emergency player, the Cowboys will sign journey-man quarter back Garrett Gilbert who was recently released off the Cleveland Browns practice-squad.
The 29-year-old has had a total of 6 career starts completing for 33.3% of his passes in his first 3 years in the NFL. Now, he will be replacing DeNucci as Dallas’ third string quarterback for the short term.