A lot can change in a year. Just ask Dak Prescott.
Early last August, still wincing from a 4-12 season, the Cowboys lost quarterback Kellen Moore for the year with a broken leg. That elevated Prescott, their rookie fourth-round pick, to Tony Romo’s backup and sent the Cowboys scrambling for an experienced hand in case Romo didn’t make it through another season.
The angst of August eventually turned to delight as Prescott became the NFL’s most unlikely star. He turned in one of the finest rookie seasons by a quarterback in league history: 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 104.9 quarterback rating, all while leading a franchise-record 11-game winning streak during a 13-3 regular season and NFC East title.
Now he’s reaping the residual benefits.
This year, Prescott has joined Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley, along with actor Charlie Day, on the DirecTV roster of stars, promoting the NFL Sunday Ticket, which sells a package of each Sunday’s out-of-market football games.
You might say Prescott has an abbreviated performance. It lasts just five seconds of the 30-second spot, his only line is “Hello, Charlie,” and, in keeping with the oddball tenor of the commercials, he isn’t even all there. You have to see it to believe it.
But it sounds like Prescott is willing to work his way up the ladder.
“Playing for the Cowboys was truly an honor this past season, but taking part in the NFL Sunday Ticket commercials I grew up watching has been surreal,” Prescott said. “I’m pumped to become a member of the DirecTV family.”
Maybe next they’ll give him the ball and let him play.