Dak Prescott Credits Veteran Alex Smith For Providing Inspiration During Injury Struggles

Published 03/13/2021, 5:03 PM EST
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys on the field during warm ups before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Mike McCarthy’s debut season as Dallas Cowboys Head Coach was dealt a massive blow in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. Star quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a nasty double compound ankle fracture in the win over the New York Giants, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

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Aug 24, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: James D. Smith via USA TODAY Sports

The former Mississippi State man has thrown for 1,856 yards with 9 passing TDs against 4 interceptions. At the rate he was going, Prescott was in line to break Peyton Manning’s single-season passing yards record in 2020. He was given a time frame of between 12-18 months in order to make a full recovery.

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But it now seems like Prescott can be fit in time for the first game of the season, which will start in September. He also signed a bumper 4-year extension with the Cowboys worth north of $160 million earlier this week.

Who does he have to thank for his speedy recovery? Former Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith.

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Dak Prescott extends a word of thanks to colleague Alex Smith

While speaking to NFL Network earlier today, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott extended a word of thanks to 36-year-old Alex Smith for serving as motivation in his own comeback journey.

“I have to thank, honestly, Alex Smith. Because at that moment when you’re sitting there and you have an injury like that or you come out of surgery, to see somebody who’s already done it and did it actually in worse circumstances, that allowed my mind just to go to straight, ‘Hey, I can do this. I’m going to beat this. It’s just a matter of time,” Prescott said earlier this week.

Alex Smith made a fairytale return to the NFL in 2020 with Washington. After more than 2 years on the sideline, Smith stepped onto the field against Los Angeles Rams in place of the injured Kyle Allen. Coincidentally, that was the same week that Prescott suffered his season-ending fracture.

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Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) attempts a pass against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

He ended the season with a 5-1 record, throwing for 1,582 passing yards with 6 passing touchdowns against 8 interceptions. For his heroic displays in 2020, Smith was adjudged as NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2020. He is due to enter free agency in the coming weeks.

He is reportedly linked with a potential reunion with Urban Meyer in Jacksonville. Are there more chapters left in arguably the greatest NFL comeback story of all time?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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