Neither Dak Prescott nor Tom Brady were highly coveted QBs coming out of college. Teams passed on Prescott through four rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, while Brady wasn’t selected out of Michigan until the sixth round in 2000.
But when each got a chance to prove they belonged in the NFL on the field, they both impressed. Brady in 2001 set a record that lasted for 15 years — until Sunday.
When Brady took over for the injured Drew Bledsoe, he went 162 pass attempts without throwing an interception. Prescott, too, got his chance when the quarterback atop the depth chart, Tony Romo, went down with and injury. And with eight attempts in the first half Sunday against the Packers — including completions on his first four, leading to an opening-drive touchdown toss — Prescott broke Brady’s 15-year-old record for the most pass attempts to start a career without an interception. It was a 15-yard toss to Terrence Williams that set the record for the Mississippi State product.
Move over, Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/W95IkxzILe
— ESPN (@espn) October 16, 2016
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 16, 2016
Dak Prescott breaks Tom Brady's NFL record for most pass attempts without throwing an interception to start a career. pic.twitter.com/IFIaeMAFOY
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 16, 2016
Just as Brady never relinquished the starting job in New England, one has to wonder what more Prescott has to do to force Romo to the same fate Bledsoe faced.
Entering Sunday’s contest, Prescott had completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards and four touchdowns. He added another in the first quarter against the Packers.
Although Bledsoe played one more Pro Bowl season, in 2002 with Buffalo, he didn’t start another playoff game in the NFL. The only one he was on a roster for after leaving New England? With the Cowboys in 2006, after a mysterious unheralded QB named Tony Romo took over and thrived in the starting job midway through the season.
Ten years down the road, might Romo find himself in the vineyards of Washington wine country?