Dallas Cowboys rookie sensation Dak Prescott seemingly perpetually checks all the boxes in what a team wants in a leader and a quarterback on and off the field.
After leading the Cowboys to a shocking 5-1 record while ranking fifth in the NFL in passing with seven touchdowns and one interception, the poised and mature quarterback is continuing his impressive moves during the bye week by bypassing a late night television show appearance and an overseas endorsement opportunity to go home to Louisiana and spend time with his grandma.
“It’s football and family,” Prescott said. “That’s what I focus on. If I have time to get away and spend time with my family that I’m not going to get to do for awhile that I haven’t done for a while. I’m going to take advantage of it. It’s more important to me to spend time with my family than go with those deals.
“One of them was a late night show with somebody. Another one was out of country and that was definitely no. Those deals with be there. If they really want it bad enough, they will find a way.”
Prescott will also do some fishing while during this bye week. He has no interest in the endorsement opportunities, television appearances or partying in Las Vegas or Miami as many players do.
“I want to go home and be away,” Prescott said. “I got all the time in the world to do that to go to Vegas or Miami. I can do that in the off-season. I’ve got one weekend during this long strenuous period. I’m going to go get off my feet.”
Prescott’s attitude is another example of the focus that has made him so successful. It certainly comes as no surprise to coach Jason Garrett.
“It doesn’t surprise me one bit,” Garrett said. “That is what he is all about. He is very focused on the right things in life. Family is very important to him. Football is very important to him. He has worked very hard to be prepared for every opportunity we have given him. I think he wants to get away from things the next couple of days. Get with people he knows and loves and come back ready to go on Monday.”