dak prescott
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  July 29, 1993

Dak Prescott is a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Mississippi State, where he twice received first-team All-SEC honors and was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Prescott was intended to serve as a backup in his rookie season, but he became the Cowboys’ starting quarterback after Tony Romo was injured in the preseason. He went on to lead the Cowboys to the top seed of the NFC and set several rookie quarterback records, earning him Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Prescott has since led the Cowboys to two additional division titles and made two Pro Bowl appearances. In 2022, he won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. He’s the youngest of his parent’s three children. While his mother worked as a manager at a truck stop, Prescott attended Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana, where he played football for the Buccaneers. As a senior, he completed 159 of 258 passes for 2,860 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also rushed for 951 yards on 90 attempts with 17 touchdowns and led Haughton to become 2010 District 1-AAAA Champions.

A three-star recruit, Prescott accepted a scholarship from Mississippi State over other offers from LSU, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, TCU, North Texas, and Nicholls State. He was redshirted as a true freshman with Mississippi State in 2011. As a backup to Tyler Russell in 2012, he played 12 games, completing 18 of 29 passes for 194 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also scored four rushing touchdowns, with 110 yards on 32 carries. Prescott began as Russell’s backup again in the 2013 season but took over as the starter when Russell suffered a concussion.

He played in 11 games, completing 156 of 267 passes for 1,950 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Prescott also ran for 829 yards on 134 carries with 13 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the 2013 Liberty Bowl after leading the Bulldogs to a 44-7 win over the Rice Owls. His 2013 season performance ranks seventh in passing yards, tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns, and fourth in total yards and total touchdowns. After the season, he was named to the 2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

What religion is Dak Prescott?

Prescott identifies as a Christian. After a leg injury in 2020, he posted an Instagram video on his way to the doctor to see his leg for the first time since his surgery. In the video, Prescott thanked fans, teammates, friends and family for the overwhelming support he’s received. He said it has helped him stay motivated to recover as soon as possible. He said, “What’s up, everyone? I just wanted everyone to know that I’m doing well, and I can’t thank you enough for all your love, your support, and your prayers over the last few days. They’ve been more than overwhelming.”

Prescott continued, “I’m just excited — excited for God’s purpose and plan. I know it’s bigger than anything that I see, or I could have imagined, but I’m trusting Him. My faith has doubled down more than ever, and I’m thankful that He’s my Savior and that He guides me in life. So I know through Him, all this will be possible, and all this will be a great comeback and a great story.”

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