There’s a huge game involving former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott this weekend.
On Sunday, Prescott’s Dallas Cowboys will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round. Prescott has accomplished so much since the Cowboys took him in the fourth round, 135th overall, in the most recent NFL Draft. He became a large sensation while throwing for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in helping Dallas finish 13-3 in the regular season.
Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd, for one, considers the upcoming game a reputation-changing opportunity for Prescott.
“If Dak Prescott beats Aaron Rodgers, I will think differently of Dak Prescott,” Cowherd said on his show. “If he loses, I’m not going to hold it against him. He shouldn’t beat Aaron Rodgers. If Dak wins, here we go. The legend is born. … Of the eight quarterbacks this weekend, exactly one quarterback could change his brand one way — Dak with a win.”
That’s interesting analysis, and he could be right. But even if Prescott beats Green Bay, it’s fair to say the young quarterback’s reputation would be better served by winning the NFC and, eventually, a Super Bowl title. If Prescott falls flat after Sunday, that development could damage his reputation.
Nonetheless, it will be fun to see how Prescott handles the moment on the largest stage of the season for him. He’ll be a long, long way from Starkville, Miss.
Check out Cowherd’s complete thought below:
The only quarterback with anything to gain this weekend is Dak Prescott pic.twitter.com/VtuAQcFdm9
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 13, 2017