Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Leads by Example To Inspire Injured Teammates

Published 06/25/2021, 8:05 AM EDT


The Dallas Cowboys stumbled and stuttered to a 6-10 record this past season. But one can’t help but imagine how different the Cowboys’ 2020 campaign would’ve been had not several key players picked up injuries.

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And perhaps the one that hurt them the most was that of quarterback Dak Prescott. The side lost their star quarterback to a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 which majorly dented their hopes of making the playoffs.

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And it wasn’t just Prescott’s injury that Cowboys fans had to deal with. Offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins too missed almost the entirety of the 2020 campaign through injuries. 

But thankfully for America’s Team, the trio are set to be back in time for the 2021 season opener. And according to a recent conversation, Dak Prescott took up the role of a leader to help his teammates during their road to recovery.

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Speaking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tyron Smith talked about how Dak Prescott played a major role in inspiring him to push through his rehab program.  

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“For me, the way Dak worked throughout the whole offseason — the way he pushed himself, the way he came back and is able to be on the field with everybody else — it’s amazing,” Smith said“It lights a fire under you to like, ‘Hey, push a little bit harder.’ If your quarterback is going to push like that, we’ve got to push the same way or even harder for him. It’s motivational to do what he does.”

Prescott is now the Cowboys highest-paid player in history. Bagging a massive $140 million contact, Prescott knows that he must lead the Cowboys on-and-off the field.

Sep 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws in the pocket in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“In a situation like that, I’m going to lead by example,” Prescott said. “For me, it was really about just showing those guys how I work. Just doing that by concentrating on getting this injury better and I feel like if they needed to see a leader,” he added.  

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The Cowboys have reasons to be optimistic about 2021. With Prescott and two key offensive linesman back in the mix, the offense should take off and dominate their opposition.

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How far do you see the Cowboys going next season? Do you feel a deep playoff run is on the cards? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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