Dak Prescott is no longer the quarterback for Mississippi State, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still the most popular man in Starkville.
The Dallas Cowboys rookie sensation has taken the NFL by storm, leading what used to be Tony Romo’s team to a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the season. He’s created a quarterback controversy for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones to ponder, and that’s made the Bulldogs faithful back in Mississippi as proud as ever.
In fact, according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner, Prescott’s success away from Mississippi State has created a tangible impact on the Starkville community.
The local sporting goods store? They can’t keep the Prescott Cowboys jersey on the shelves, and reportedly received between 30-40 calls per day from fans requesting Prescott jerseys or t-shirts.
The local Buffalo Wild Wings? They are receiving phone calls early in the morning to ensure that patrons will be able to hang out and watch the Cowboys game in what is typically a New Orleans Saints television market, according to Bonner’s report. And they come from all over the state to be a part of the experience.
“They literally come at all the same time, so they sit down at the same time,” Buffalo Wild Wings manager Samantha Perkins said, according to Bonner. “They all order at the same time and then they all expect their food to come at the same time. That’s getting your butts handed to you.”
Bonner reports that the Cowboys’ Week 7 bye on Sunday likely will cost the Starkville Buffalo Wild Wings at least $3,000 in business.
Even the local Starkville Walmart sees a positive impact from Prescott’s success. Bonner reports that Deanna Mack, who serves as the assistant manager at the Starkville Walmart, says Prescott gear is one of the hottest items she’s seen enter the store in recent years, evening topping popular Christmas items.
Prescott has seemingly garnered the support of many of the fans from the other SEC schools as well, perhaps as a potential replacement for the recently retired Peyton Manning as a key representative of the conference in the league. He joins Carolina’s Cam Newton, New York’s Eli Manning, Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford as prominent SEC alums at the quarterback position in the NFL.