Nobody would’ve blamed Dak Prescott if he opted not to show up and serve an early Thanksgiving meal at The Salvation Army on Monday.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback took plenty of pounding and punishment in Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Prescott was sacked eight times, the most in his young career.
But Prescott wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to brighten the day for those less fortunate by providing them a meal.
“After a performance like that, after the way we played and just after a tough loss, it’s easy to just lie in bed and pout and be sad,” Prescott said. “But, as I said, you come and do events like this, it brightens my day. It puts it into perspective how important life is outside of the game of football and my impact on it. And I’m thankful for that platform.”
Prescott said he felt “all right” physically the day after the game.
“I’m good. Ready to go this week,” Prescott said, referring to this Sunday’s showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Prescott and a handful of his teammates served approximately 500 less fortunate men and women at Salvation Army locations in Dallas and Fort Worth. The veteran players worked the Dallas location, while the rookie class headed to Fort Worth.
For all of them, the day put Sunday’s loss in perspective. Not to mention those they were serving certainly haven’t abandoned the team.
“Even though it was a tough loss, to be able to come in here today and see so many great fans and have so much challenging situations around them, to be able to put a smile on their face and for them to be able to tell us, ‘Hang in there. You’re going to get back on track,’ really reminds you of the platform we have and the opportunity,” tight end Jason Witten said.
Added center Travis Frederick: “Like you said, it’s a game. Obviously it’s very important and there is a lot that goes behind it. But we play a game for a living. And when you see things like this, there’s people that are in dire need. And when we can use our platform, obviously we have a great platform working for the Cowboys, to do something good like this, it’s definitely helpful.”