Quarterback Dak Prescott grew up a fan of the Dallas Cowboys in northern Louisiana.
But being a native of Haughton, La., he also idolized and admired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
As he prepares for Thursday’s showdown between the Cowboys and Saints in what will be his first meeting against Brees, Prescott recalled his initial up-close encounter with the future Hall of Famer at the Pro Bowl following his sensational rookie season in 2016.
He followed him around, tried to gain as much knowledge as possible and now the two are friends.
“You do everything you can,” Prescott said after Monday’s practice. “You’re like the little duckling. Just follow Drew Brees and figure out what he does, how he does stuff. And I was thankful to have him.
“Drew opened up and shared with me. We had a lot of conversation, and actually, we stay in touch.”
Prescott remains in awe of Brees, 39, and what he’s still able to accomplish in his 18th season. Brees is the leading candidate for league MVP as he has led the Saints (10-1) to 10 straight wins while fashioning the best completion percentage and quarterback rating of his career in directing the league’s highest-scoring offense.
“Everything. Just the way he plays the game, the way he prepares,” Prescott said when asked what he admired about Brees. “You look at his numbers. You look at his production in this league. He’s simply one of the best. Growing up in Louisiana and obviously watching the Saints, he’s somebody that I’ve paid attention to for a long, long time. I was fortunate to be in the Pro Bowl with him in ’16. He’s a guy I look up to and he’s a great player.
“He’s a pro, he’s taking care of his body, has done all the right things, especially facing adversity in the middle of his career - some people saying he wouldn’t do what he’s doing now. Just speaks to the character of that guy and who he is.”
While Prescott is impressed with Brees, he won’t be erecting a shrine for the Austin Westlake star on Thursday. the Cowboys’ QB has been at his best in leading Dallas (6-5) to three straight wins and into first place in the NFC East.
“We have all the confidence in ourselves,” Prescott said. “We’re not going out there and getting awed by another team. They put on their pants the same way we do. They’ve won 10. I guess we’ve won three [in a row]. We’re going to take it one game at a time. That’s all that matters.
“We are getting better each and every week. That is what you want to do. That is what you need to do at this time of the year. November football is as good as it gets. Playing a team like we are playing, we are excited about it.”