Dak Prescott and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys rookie class were greeted by hundreds of screaming students at Workman Junior High on Monday afternoon.
The players shared stories about the importance of building character and engaging in healthy relationships, as the Cowboys partnered with United Way of Tarrant County to launch a new online course called “Character Playbook.”
Prescott used Sunday night’s game as an example of why it’s important to have a strong support system around you.
“We struggled early last night, it was obvious, I struggled early,” Prescott told the students. “But I had teammates, I had everyone lifting me up allowing me to stay confident in myself and keep going. Everything works out, just like it did last night.”
Prescott and the Cowboys rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 in overtime. Among those helping Prescott overcome his early struggles, which included throwing an interception in the end zone, was veteran quarterback Tony Romo.
“Romo has always been great, giving me positive feedback all the way throughout the game,” Prescott said. “Bad plays he’d make me feel better, give me confidence to move forward. He’s great to have on the sidelines.”
Prescott and Romo are in a looming quarterback controversy. Romo is on the mend from a compression fracture in his lower back, but Prescott has led the Cowboys to six straight wins.
Prescott will start next Sunday’s game at Cleveland, but the Cowboys haven’t committed to a quarterback beyond that. Still, Prescott continues to downplay the issue.
“That’s not anything for me to worry about,” Prescott said. “I’ve just got to worry about going out there and giving my team a chance to win week in and week out as long as I’m in there. Me and Romo have a great relationship, it’s not anything coming between us, much less hurt the team in any way.”