With their eyes toward the future, the Dallas Cowboys picked Dak Prescott out of Mississippi State with the team’s second selection in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. The move was a rare one for Dallas, as Prescott became the first quarterback drafted by the Cowboys since 2009. Intended to serve as a backup in his rookie season, Prescott became the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, leading the Cowboys on a club-record 11-game win streak to the NFC East Division crown. Prescott became the first rookie quarterback to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and be named to the Pro Bowl. As Cowboys’ team captain, he has continued to earn recognition for his leadership on and off the field.
Known for his authenticity, Prescott’s willingness to share his family’s story and talk openly about his own mental health challenges has started a revolution across our county. Most recently, Prescott launched the Ask 4 Help campaign in honor of his late brother whom he lost to suicide so that every person struggling with mental illness knows their life matters and they are not alone.
I think that is important to be vulnerable, to be genuine and to be transparent. That goes a long way when you are a leader and your voice is being heard by so many and you can inspire. – Dak Prescott