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Dak Prescott


ABOUT

Full NameRayne Dakota Prescott

BornJune 29, 1993

Height6 feet 2 inches (190 cm)

NationalityAmerican

RoleQuarterback

ABOUT

Dak Prescott plays for the NFL team Dallas Cowboys as the starting quarterback. He was initially drafted as a backup to develop under Tony Romo. He had to transition to a starter after Romo got injured in the preseason and has since played as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys.

Dak Prescott’s Early Life and Background


Prescott was born in Louisiana to Peggy Prescott, a manager of a truck shop. He was the youngest of three siblings and attended Haughton High School in Louisiana. He was a high school football team star and helped the school to a District 1-AAAA title win.


Prescott enrolled at Mississippi State University. After spending the first season as a backup to Tyler Russell, Prescott led the Mississippi State Bulldogs to their first number one ranking in history (in 2014). In his second season as a starter (2015 season), he became the fourth player in FBS history to pass for 60 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career. By the end of his four-year college career, he finished third in SEC history for passing yards (9376) and fourth in total touchdowns (101). He is in the SEC Fame Academic Honour Roll in all of the years as the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs.


Who drafted Dak Prescott?


Prescott was part of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was considered an inconsistent quarterback as per the NFL scouts. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Prescott in the Fourth Round and he was overall pick number 135. Prescott was drafted as a backup quarterback to Tony Romo. Some notable players from the 2016 NFL Draft class also include quarterback Jared Goff, running back Ezekiel Elliot, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive end Joey Bosa.

Dak Prescott’s NFL Journey


Dak Prescott was drafted by the Cowboys to serve as a backup to the starting quarterback Tony Romo. Romo suffered an injury in the preseason and Prescott had already established himself as the backup after impressing against second-year quarterback Jameill Showers.


Prescott opened the season for the Cowboys in 2016, as a rookie. He was named in the PWFA All-Rookie Team for helping the Cowboys clinch the NFC East title. The Cowboys bowed out in the Divisional Round of the 2016 Playoffs even though Prescott had a strong performance.


Prescott started the 2017 season with weak performances but made up for it in the latter half. The Cowboys, however, missed a playoff spot. The next season Prescott made his career-high longest pass of 90 yards against the Washington Redskins. He was named in the Pro-Bowl that season although the Cowboys lost in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. Prescott finished the next season with a decent performance and achieved 4901 passing yards (ranked 2nd in the league) and 30 touchdowns (ranked 4th in the league).


He suffered an injury to his right ankle in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants in the 2020 season and spent the rest of the season on the injured reserve list. After the Cowboys placed an exclusive franchise tag on Prescott in 2021. He signed a four-year contract extension with the Cowboys in 2021 and helped the team win the NFC East title. The Cowboys did not make it past the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.


Dak Prescott’s Teams


Dallas Cowboys (2016-Present)


After being drafted as a backup quarterback, Prescott luckily got a break to be starting quarterback in his rookie season itself. He did not let the Cowboys feel the absence of injured quarterback Tony Romo and helped the team clinch the NFC East title. He consolidated his position as the starting quarterback and was even named NFL Offensive Rookie Player of the Year (2016). He has been part of 2 Pro-Bowls (2016 and 2018) and helped the Cowboys reach 3 Playoffs. He signed a four-year contract extension with the Cowboys in 2021 that guarantees him $126 million. The signing bonus of $66 million is the highest in the history of the NFL.


Dak Prescott Awards and Honours


Awards

YearAwards/Honours
2016NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
2016, 2018Pro-Bowl
2016PWFA All-Rookie Team
2014, 2015First Team All-SEC (college)
2014, 2015Conerly Trophy (college)

Dak Prescott NFL Records


  1. Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception by a rookie: 176 (2016)
  2. Most games with a passer rating of over 100, by a rookie: 11 games (2016)
  3. Most number of wins as a rookie starter: 13 (tied with Ben Roethlisberger)
  4. Highest passer rating by a rookie: 104.9 (2016)
  5. Highest touchdown to interception ratio by a rookie: 5.75 (2016)
  6. Highest pass completion rate by a rookie: 67.76 % (2016)
  7. Highest pass completion rate by a rookie in a single game: 88.9 % (against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 18, 2016)


Dak Prescott Net Worth


Prescott’s net worth is estimated to be around $40 million. He receives an annual salary of around $34.45 million from the Dallas Cowboys. He receives endorsement payments from AT & T, Nike, Beats by Dr Dre, and Pepsi among others. His signing amount of $66 million for signing a four-year contract extension with the Cowboys, is the highest in NFL history.


Dak Prescott Family


Prescott has two older brothers (Tad and Jace), an elder sister Natalie and an elder half-brother Elliott. His brother Jace was an offensive lineman at Northwestern State University but committed suicide in April 2020. Dak lost his mother to colon cancer in 2013. He lives in Frisco, Texas. Prescott is currently dating Natalie Buffet (since 2020) a social media influencer and model. He keeps his dating life private.

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