Quarterback Dak Prescott is the face of the Dallas Cowboys now, so quite naturally and most expectedly he was voted by his teammates as one of the six team captains for the 2017 season.
“It's an honor just to be voted by my peers and by my teammates,” Prescott said. “Basically to be voted to lead so its special. It's something I put amongst all of my acknowledgments.”
The others were tight end Jason Witten, linebacker Sean Lee, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, defensive end Tyrone Crawford and kicker Dan Bailey.
Scandrick and Crawford tied for votes as defensive captains so the Cowboys named them both.
The Cowboys called the league in hopes of being allowed to have seven captains, one more than the league maximum of six, but were rebuffed.
Per coach Jason Garrett, the team wanted to add center Travis Frederick as a third offensive captain, but there was no disputing the importance of having Prescott and Witten as the top two.
Along with Prescott, Crawford and Scandrick are first-time captains for the Cowboys.
It’s quite the ascension from the sometimes prickly and acerbic Scandrick in his 10th year with the team.
He certainly was appreciative of the honor of being named captain of a team for the first time his grade school days in Pop Warner.
“It means you are respected by your teammates,” Scandrick said. “I come to work every day and I have been here for a long time and I just try to be myself. Being a captain is a great accomplishment. I haven't been a captain since pop warner football. The bar has been raised now. Now the production has got to match the talent. It has got to match everything else for me. It's just a stepping stone. It's just the first step. I got a long ways to go to get to where I want to be.”