He doesn’t have a flashy touchdown celebration. He doesn’t need one. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has his own way to celebrate. He doesn’t jump into a Salvation Army bucket as his teammate Ezekiel Elliott does. He just makes a point – a literal point with his finger. It’s an acknowledgment of his mother, Peggy, who drilled three words into his head: faith, fight, finish.
Dak Prescott makes the most of his opportunity
Dak Prescott wasn’t expected to be the next big quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s done his best to prove his doubters wrong. Prescott played his college football at Mississippi State and wasn’t drafted until the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft.
Prescott moved up the depth chart when backup quarterback Kellen Moore was injured during the early part of training camp in 2016. Starting quarterback Tony Romo then went down with an injury during the third preseason game, opening the door for Prescott. Prescott got the nod to start the season opener and hasn’t looked back since.
Prescott quickly made a name for himself during that rookie season. He guided the Cowboys to a 13-3 record. Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also showed he could take care of the ball, throwing just four interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl that season.
Prescott appears to be headed for a big payday
During the offseason this year, Dak Prescott watched a pair of quarterbacks cash in with huge contracts. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best player in the NFL, signed a deal that could be worth up to $500 million. Deshaun Watson also locked into a long-term deal with the Houston Texans with a four-year, $156 million extension.
Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys failed to reach a deal on a long-term extension. For Prescott, that could mean big money next year as the contracts for quarterbacks keep rising. He will be playing on a one-year deal worth $31.7 million after signing the franchise tag.
Prescott hasn’t had a losing season in his four years with the Cowboys, although they had their worst year last year with him at the helm, going 8-8. Despite the record, Prescott statistically had his most explosive season. He threw for a career-high 4,902 yards and a career-high 30 touchdown passes. Another big year from Prescott could mean a huge payday.
Prescott always makes a point after a touchdown
He isn’t trying to show anybody up, nor is he trying to be the center of attention. When Dak Prescott scores a touchdown, he thanks his mother. Prescott’s mother, Peggy, died of colon cancer in 2013. His mother is always on his mind, but when Prescott scores a touchdown, he always has a special way of thanking her.
“For me, every time I get in the end zone, it’s a simple celebration,” Prescott said in an interview with Graham Bensinger. “I kiss my hand and point to the sky and thank my mom and show and honor that moment. I wouldn’t be here without her and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for everything that she taught me.”
In Prescott’s backyard, he put a 45-yard-long turf field that has the word FAITH in the end zone. Inside the ‘A’ is a silhouette of him pointing to the sky. “That’s my favorite part of the end zone,” Prescott told Bensinger. “Faith is the word my mother left me. She left me and my brothers three words – faith, fight, and finish. I’m faith. I believe in myself as she believed in me.”